“Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross”  (Mark 15:21)

The thought that a sinful man was allowed to carry the cross of Jesus Christ never ceases to amaze me.   The cross that was to bring the offer of salvation to all who placed their faith in the Man who paid the price for sin upon the cross was carried by one not worthy to even touch it.

Many will say that the fact that Jesus could not carry His own cross points to how beaten he was before he was ever placed on it.

Of course, that is true.

We mustn’t forget, though, that Jesus never ceased being God.  If He so willed He could have carried the cross to its final destination.  He chose otherwise.  He allowed a sinner to carry the cross on which the sacrifice for all sin would be made.

I cannot help but notice the parallel to our lives as Christians today as we work to be obedient to the Great Commission.  God still has the power to accomplish His plans apart from us, and yet he allows us to take part in the carrying of the cross.  We are sinners who must take this message to all people, both near and far.

We are cross bearers.

I believe that this picture of the cross bearer goes much deeper than just our role as proclaimers of the Gospel message.  Mark 15:21 drips with parallels to our lives today as witnesses for Him.  From the calling from a hostile crowd to serve the Lord, to the insults flying towards me, but aimed at Christ, to the daily struggle to carry the cross I relate to Simon in dozens of ways, and I know other Christians do as well.  In many ways, he is a picture of us.

This picture that so closely matches my spiritual life is why this verse has continuously spoken to me over the years and why I have chosen “Bear His Cross” as the title of this blog.

Over the course of this blog I hope to unpack many issues around evangelism, give advice, share stories (both good and bad), and grow together in the intentional proclamation of His Gospel message.

Thank you for joining me in this journey.  May we Bear His Cross together until He returns or calls us home.

J.W. Willard


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