Many of us have read the passage of scripture that says to “take up our cross and follow Christ,” but one man that we read about in scripture literally took and carried the cross of Christ. His name is Simon of Cyrene. I can’t imagine the emotion and thoughts that must of raced through Simon’s mind. Scripture tells us
Luke 23:26-27: that As they 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. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
Matthew 27:32-33: As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
Simon was coming in from the country expecting to get to his destination, but on his way he was seized and made to carry Jesus’ cross. The act of carrying Jesus’ cross must have been life altering, to be forced to aid in the execution of the son of God must have weighed heavily upon Simon. The shock of being forced to carry the cross is emotional enough, but to think that Simon had the opportunity to serve our Savior at the hour of his greatest pain must have taken this brutal crucifixion and transformed it into a life changing act of worship.
To carry our cross is more then a pain ridden path to death. To carry our cross daily reveals a surrendered heart of love for the one who bore our sin, shame and our greatest pain – even death on a cross! How will you choose to carry your cross? In shame and regret or in surrenderence as an act of worship?