Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Are you a Simon of Cyrene?
When Jesus was on his passion to Golgotha, he fell on his knees. Because he was whipped and scourged, his strength was almost finished. If the guards let him there; then, he will not be crucified in time to beat the Sabbath. So in man’s wisdom, they grasped Simon a Cyrenian whom they compelled to carry the cross of Jesus.
Simon was just coming from a trip when he met Jesus being led on the march to crucifixion. He had no business in it, yet he accepted willfully to carry the cross. There was a multitude behind Jesus, but no one volunteered to carry that cross. Instead the women as usual bewailed and lamented for the son of Man; while, the men followed from afar in their usual cowardice.
Consequently, Jesus did not carry his cross alone; therefore, you cannot carry your cross alone. The easiest thing to do nowadays is to retreat into ourselves or become reclusive like hermits when trials and temptations lurk our paths. Stop carrying your cross alone.
The name Simon in Hebrews was given only to male children. It means “he who hears”. I know with the way the world functions today it may look like no one is ready to hear your cries or feel your pain. But let me tell you this; this same Jesus, who died on the cross that Simon carried, is ready to amortize your pain.
However, let me ask you reading me now, how many people have you helped to carry their cross? How would you even carry their cross since you do not talk to strangers? Do you sit and watch people carry their cross to their death? Do you stand from afar to watch those who need your help plunge into suicide with their cross? Haven’t you seen a friend who needs you to help them carry their cross? Don’t you see a neighbor who needs your help in carrying their cross? You will start by knowing your neighbor first before you carry their cross. Don’t you think so?
Listen: it is a shameful and wicked thing to be happy alone. You are leaving many people to carry their crosses alone. The Lord is telling you today it is wrong; not even Jesus who died for all mankind carried his cross alone. Someone helped him along the way. Would you be that someone to carry someone else’s cross? Praise the Lord, then you are Simon the Cyrene.
Until then, help others to carry their cross.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
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