The road Jesus took through life ultimately led to the cross. No one can deny that.
Yet, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me,” (Matthew 16:24 NASB). To follow Jesus, we must take the same road.
Some people would be glad to follow Jesus just as long as the road doesn’t lead to suffering. Then they’re ready to part ways with him. Yet, following Jesus always means this. “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” (1 Peter 4:1 NASB).
The “prosperity gospel” doesn’t fit this, does it? With the prosperity gospel, you give and you get what you want. Jesus’ gospel teaches that if you give you will get tough times and persecution. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” (2 Timothy 2:3 ASV), and, “Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Everyone travels a road in this life. Christians travel the “road not taken” as Robert Frost called it. It is a road that leads to suffering, just as it did for our Lord.