Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 4, 2010

Walking With Jesus

Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,and follow Me.’”

         Mathew 16:24

The other day, in our family prayer, we were reading from the book of Mark regarding the crucifixion of Jesus and we came across the portion where it said “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross”. (Mark 15:21) Though I have read that portions before, I was curious to find out what else was mentioned about Simon in the bible. The gospels of Mathew and Luke also mentions about this person. Not much of an information is given in the new testament about him, but Mark says about his sons Alexander and Rufus. Rufus is mentioned again in the book of Romans 16:13 “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too”. So I think, Rufus became a Christian and also his family.

Simon, the Cyrene , was just passing by that place of Calvary. He must have stopped to see who was being accused of crucifixion. Or may be he must have come there travelling from his own country to celebrate the Passover festival of Jews. When Jesus on His way to Calvary was beaten and mocked, this Simon must have been watching how Jesus was reacting to all that. But we read that Simon was forced to carry the cross. For a Jew, carrying a cross will defile themselves and will not be allowed to participate in the Passover. Without knowing what he was doing, he took part in that crucifixion, which later resulted in the salvation of himself and his family.

What is the cross that you are carrying today for Jesus? Like Simon, many of us are not carrying the cross willingly. To many of us, the cross we are asked to carry , may not be a significant one. Publicity may not be attached to that cross. I believe that Jesus must have carried the cross for most of the distance and Simon was asked to carry only a few hundred feet or so. It does not matter how long you are asked to carry the cross for Jesus, but what matters is that whether you were willing to share His burden and how did that walk with Jesus changed your life.

When you are asked to carry the cross for Jesus, you may have to suffer lot of pain, hurts, scorns of the crowd, misunderstandings and insults. But remember, look to your side, you can see you are not walking alone. Jesus is walking next to you. He knows what you are going through. When people mock you, it falls on Jesus too. He will strengthen you. Even the smallest thing you do for Christ is going to be appreciated by Him. In my imagination, I was thinking that after Simon helped Jesus in carrying the cross, while he was leaving, Jesus must have whispered something in his ears. Those words must have revealed the truth of Jesus even after Simon left that place and went back to his house. His family must have noticed a great change in Simon after that incident and that must have resulted in the salvation of his family. Everyone who read the Bible will come across the name of Simon, because of the smallest thing he did for Jesus. He may had to sacrifice the Passover for Jesus sake, but he got the honor to partake in the suffering of the Lamb of the Passover.

What is the burden you are carrying? You may be worried that no one is seeing your suffering. But Jesus is walking on your side. No other person can understand your pain like Him. He will help you finish your purpose and also bless you and your family.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Wow Rani, I got a new revelation or understanding on this today!!!

    “What is the cross that you are carrying today for Jesus? Like Simon, many of us are not carrying the cross willingly. To many of us, the cross we are asked to carry , may not be a significant one. Publicity may not be attached to that cross.”

    I never thought of this passage of Simon carrying the cross with us carrying Christ’s cross. I always thought of our own cross we carry because we are Christians. Wow…thank you so much for this wonderful insight!!! I am meditating today on this!!!

  2. Rani, what words of comfort you bring to me today! I love that part about imagining Jesus whispered something in his ear . . .gets us to listening too! 🙂 You are loved by your King and all of us! deb


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