Imagine what it would have been like to be Simon, and to have
Carried the Cross of Christ while following Him up Calvary.
What would it have been like to have endured the jeers and the cheers that swirled around
Him like a golfer’s gallery in hell?
What would it have been like to have shared in the humiliation of rejection as He was cast
out of the city as though He wasn’t good enough to remain inside?
What would it have been like to have felt the sticky warmth of His blood from the Cross on your skin?
What would it have been like to have felt the encroaching horror as the place of execution neared?
What would it have been like to have looked up through the sweat that trickled down your face, and see the executioners who stood waiting impassively with hammers in hand?
What would it have been like to have the burden of the Cross lifted from your back as someone said, “This is His Cross; ;you’re free to go now,” and He was nailed to it, not you?
Carry the Cross. He promises that if you do, you will share in the power of His resurrection and the glory of His crown.
Taken from “Just Give Me Jesus” by Anne Graham Lotz
I can't possibly imagine, but today I'm trying to.
I want a front row seat today.
I need to get as close as I can.
I need to see the bruises and torn up flesh; smell the sweat and blood; see the pain.
And to see the look of love in HIS eyes when our eyes meet.
Simon's life was a life that was changed, I'm certain of that.
And because of the sacrifice that Jesus made, I claim that I am a life that is changed.
Tonight, at our church, our pastor is taking us through the Last Supper; communion will be celebrated as well. We won't be there.
We have a small Bible study group that meets together on the weekends, usually on Saturday's but this week we decided to meet on Friday. We will be sitting around a table sharing and talking about Jesus and how he is at work in our lives. Around that same table, we plan to share Communion together.
I am praying that once again, my heart will be changed.
It's Friday...but Sunday's comin!