Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Luke 23:26 (NIV) “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.”

In Bible Study this past week, Marv asked the question, "Why is it an important detail that Simon was walking behind Jesus as he carried the cross?  I have a few thoughts:
  1. Isn't there a wonderful symbolism in walking behind Jesus as you carry a cross? Simon and his sons would come to be followers of Christ, and well known in the Christian community.  They picked up their crosses and followed.  
  2. From behind Jesus, Simon could see what Jesus was experiencing - all of it.  He could see the pain and humiliation. In this way, Simon became a witness.
  3. From Simon's viewpoint, he could see Jesus so that he could later model Jesus.  
How do we follow Jesus?  What difference does it make in our lives?



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