What did Jesus accomplish on the Cross? The atonement for sin, the final sin offering, to become our intercessor to God. Then why would he ask us to take up our Cross if he finished the work?
To me, and this is strictly my opinion, it speaks to me on how we might emulate his sacrifice.
I have lost people close to me and I have prayed for their souls. And now, I see people dying during this crisis. Today, a homeless man died, not from the virus so far, but from hunger. A woman died as she collapsed on the street and no one, not even the police came to her aid out of fear. She had a heart problem, not the virus.
I was very saddened by both of these reports. But I prayed for them and for many others. In my prayers I pleaded with the Lord to have mercy on their souls. I prayed that I did not know if they had a relationship or had received salvation. But I prayed for the Lord to have mercy and to place their sins upon me and not hold it against them.
I took up the Cross I believe. Will you be willing to accept the sins of others you do not know?
Something for thought.