Carrying Jesus’ Cross

The drama surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion is about to reach its climax.  The soldiers were leading Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem on their way to the Hill of the Skull.  They grab a man from Cyrene named Simon to carry Jesus’ cross for Jesus was too weak to bear it Himself.  We are all to be like Simon and carry the cross of the Lord.  Jesus tells us earlier in Luke’s Gospel (9:23) that whoever wants to follow Jesus into eternal life must follow Him in His death.  We are to take up that cross on a daily basis and follow Jesus to our own Calvary.  Simon carried a physical cross.  We must take up our spiritual cross each day and deny ourselves and our sinful desires.  We must follow Jesus to the place of self-sacrifice and follow His example and give up all that attempts to master us.  Everyone is welcome to follow Him, but there is a cost to following Jesus.  One does not merely “coast” into Heaven.  One must carry the cross to get there.  The way to eternal life is daily death.  So whatever your past, you must leave it behind.  God has forgiven our many sins and has washed us clean in Jesus’ blood.  He has promised a bright and glorious future for those who will carry the cross in the present.  Are you ready to carry the cross today?

Luke 23:26-31 (NIV)

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
    and to the hills, “Cover us!”’

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”


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