Lenten Reflections: Jesus is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross

Jesus is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross

Luke 23:26 (NIV):

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Ted Miller, PICS Volunteer Saddleback Church

As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.


Can you imagine the weight of the cross on your back?  And all this after being whipped, beaten, and having little to no sleep?

Despite the awful situation, what a gift Simon must have been to Jesus in that moment.  Can you think of a time when someone helped when you were in great need?


Father, Simon carried a burden that was not his, just as Jesus chose to carry the weighty sins of the world on the cross.  By your Spirit may I help others with their burdens.

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