- Luke 23:26 (NKJV) Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
There he was just standing there and suddenly a cross was thrust upon him—someone else’s cross: Jesus Christ’s.
In spite of our best plans, life is full of unexpected surprises. Sometimes those unexpected surprises are crosses. Bear them with honor you will seldom be remembered for the trophies you won but the crosses…that stays on your record forever.
Yes, staying close to Jesus has its rewards, but it also has its crosses.
But then again, if you had looked up Simon later, after he had had time to reflect on that day, he would have told you the cross was a reward.