Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 5 – Simon helps Jesus carry his cross…
Last Wednesday I wrote, “One of the things Easter has taught me is there are some crosses we NEED to carry that are not our own!” Today I want to focus on carrying not just anybody’s cross, Jesus’ cross. Because Jesus’ trek to Calvary happened long ago it is impossible for us to do so, at least in a physical sense anyway. If we understand Jesus’ cross as Jesus’ passion for life than that opens up new possibilities.
Jesus and God shared a passion for you and for me their passion was not only for our salvation but also for our day-to-day lives. In addition their passion went even deeper as illustrated in Jesus’ prayer the night of his arrest. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21, ESV)
Simon of Cyrene picked up Jesus’ cross and carried it to Calvary, Joseph of Arimathea picked up Jesus’ body prepared him for burial and put him in his own tomb, then God picked up Jesus and gave him life. Now we need to pick up Jesus’ passion for life and be his “body” in the world joining up with his Spirit and impact our corner of the world on his behalf. The Great Commission given to the disciples is just as relevant today as it was when Jesus first gave it to them. “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV) We can do this because Jesus was first passionate about us!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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