Carrying the Cross
“Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:27, niv
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 shared in the
humiliation of rejection as He was cast out of the city?
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 seen 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?
Just Give me Jesus, (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000).
©2012 Anne Graham Lotz. All rights reserved.
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Originally published Tuesday, 28 March 2023.