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
Ever wonder whether or not you were where you should be or doing what you should be doing or going where you should be going? I can imagine most everyone has asked these questions of themselves at one time or another. And sometimes, after our experiences we second guess our purpose there. Why is this? Is it a lack of faith or a hole in our trust?
There was a man that the scripture tells us was just “passing through from the country.” Not much else is said for his purpose in Jerusalem, but it’s likely he was there to bring a sacrifice not realizing that which was going on at the time. And this man, observing the radical journey Christ was taking through the streets, being led to the Hill, by cracks of the Roman whips and shouts of hurt and pain from those whom He loved. Simon found himself in the right place at the right time.
Unlike anyone else to have ever lived on this earth, Simon from Cyrene actually carried the cross of Christ! It doesn’t make him any more holy by any means, but to have carried the cross for Christ must have been the most unbelievably symbolic moment of time. As I mentioned before, it is most likely Simon was there for his own purposes, but God chose him to escort THE Lamb of God to be sacrificed for the sins of all.
I would dare suggest that Simon would have preferred not to be the one to carry this cross. I might figure that he was wishing he was not standing where he was standing, or made eye contact with the Roman soldier that called him out. He may have even felt as though he was the one “helping” Jesus to the cross. The opportunity for doubt, shame, regret and wishing he had not been there at all was ever-so present. He might even had thought he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But God used Simon for the Glory of God and the Salvation of the World!
Lord Jesus, today is the anniversary of the day Simon carried your cross! We speak of how you carry our burdens and the weight of all sin hung with you on the cross that Simon carried for you! I’m in awe. It has shed a whole new light on the events of this day. May I be reminded often of your journey to the cross — for me — and the many times you demonstrate your love for me!
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20