A Cross to Carry

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"They ... put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus." Luke 23:26


A deeper observation of this text reveals that Simon is not carrying his cross, but the cross of Jesus Christ. When you carry the Cross of Jesus, he gives you the strength to endure it.  Why, because you carry the cross after Him. The path you walk is marked by the footprints of Jesus. He always goes before you as an example of how you should live your life. Furthermore, you bear the cross in partnership with Jesus. Jesus still carries the heavier portion, while you assist by carrying the lighter portion. You are working with Jesus in partnership. Finally, in bearing the cross of Jesus it is just for a little while, but it gives you lasting honor. Yes, in carrying the cross of Jesus, he gives you strength to endure it because you are in partnership with Him to carry his cross for a little while. 

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