April 16th, 2019
Was Simon Required to Carry His Cross?
Matthew 27:31-32 (KJB) And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
We are all familiar with this parade Jesus Christ was forced to participate in as He marched towards the hill for His crucifixion. He had no choice in carrying his cross for the soldiers forced Him, and the other men sentenced to die, into carrying their own cross.
Interestingly, at the point of His exhaustion in the flesh, Jesus was unable to carry His cross any further. At that very moment in this death march when He was about to collapse from the weight of the cross and the wounds that had been pummeled on his body, the soldiers allowed Him to step aside and demanded another carry His cross.
I find it interesting that it was recorded for our learning in scripture these words: “him they compelled to bear his cross…” He in this instance refers to Simon a man the Bible says was from Cyrene. This man was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus Christ. Anotherwards, he was not given a choice in the matter. It was given him the responsibility of carrying His cross. He did not have an opportunity to say “no,” or make excuses why he could not fulfill this immediate task at hand. Without hesitation, it seems he picked it up and marched on in this hideous parade towards Calvary.
Have you ever considered that God has compelled you to carry His Cross? He did, for example in Luke 9:23, His followers (that includes you and me today) have received such a great opportunity.
Unlike this opportunity forced on the man of Cyrene who then picked up the cross and marched on, we are invited to participate, but we are never forced into action. We can choose to say “no” to God; however, He desires that we leap into action and carry His cross and be armed in His light as we walk in this wicked world.