What Jesus Did! 'Carrying the Cross!' — Mark 15:21

Sunday, December 4, 2016

There was a man from Cyrene walking into the city. The man was Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Simon was walking into the city from the fields. The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus.
— Mark 15:21 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:21 NLT —  The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus.

Key Thought

Jesus told his followers, including those of us who follow him today, that we needed to pick up our crosses and follow him. While Simon was forced to physically carry Jesus' cross to Golgotha, he also apparently picked up the Cross spiritually because his sons, Alexander and Rufus, are known in the Christian community Mark is addressing. Paul also seems to know one of the sons, Rufus, and Paul describes him as one "whom the Lord picked out to be his very own." (Rom. 16:13 NLT) This is a great reminder that if we want to share our faith with our children, "carrying the cross" is the powerful example that helps them follow in our footsteps as we follow in Jesus' steps!

Today's Prayer

O Father God, please help me live as a powerful example before those in my family. May they clearly see that I don't just "talk the talk," but that I also "walk the walk." Give me courage as I genuinely commit to carry the cross each day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 9:21-23
  • Deuteronomy 6:1-9
  • Romans 16:13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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