The Bible is full of promises that following Christ means picking up his cross. Paul reminds us in Philippians 1:29 that this has been granted to us. In his book, “The Cost of Discipleship”, Dietrich Bonheoffer said that the call to follow Jesus was a call to come and die. It meant to stand in opposition to the world powers and proclaim solidarity with Jesus. As Jesus met with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion, it was this that he wanted his disciples to know then. It is still what he wants us to know today.