Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station Two – Jesus Carries His Cross…
As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. (Matthew 27:32, ESV) One of the things Easter has taught me is there are some crosses we NEED to carry that are not our own! There have been times when I’ve needed someone to not only carry my cross (burdens) when I was unable to do so but they also had to carry me as well, remember the story Foot Prints in the Sand?
One of the best examples of carrying another’s “cross” is family, immediate family, our extended family, our church family, our employment family, are some examples. I remember many years ago I was laid off from work with two young boys and each week in the mail we’d get a money order signed only “your friends”. While we had no names the one thing we do know is it came from God’s Family! Other example is marriage, today begins 48 years of carrying each other’s cross, thank you Patti Piper for carrying me all these years, they’ve been wonderful!
“I contemplate the wood of that cross. I imagine how heavy it is. I reflect upon all it means that Jesus is carrying it. I look into his eyes. It’s all there. This is for me. So I place myself with him in this journey. In its anguish. In his freedom and surrender.
In the love that must fill his heart. With sorrow and gratitude, I continue the journey. Moved by the power of his love, I am drawn to him and express my love in the words that come to me.”**
In God’s Family we carry each other’s cross when we need to. Creighton University talks about Jesus’ cross being made of wood and it was no doubt heavy but it didn’t get its weight from the wood it got its weight from you and I! Jesus carried each one of us through the narrow streets of Jerusalem. I can’t speak for you but I NEED to take my turn at helping him carry us.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.