Barbara Higby

From Humility to Honor

#4 The Compelled Traveler

Compelled, forced, made to carry Jesus’ burden, he traveled the road to Golgotha with a cross on his back. Simon of Cyrene is found in this one event in the Bible and details of his life are only conjecture.

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. Mark 15:21

This we know—he was pressed into humble service, seemingly unwillingly, with the unrealized honor of serving the Son of God. When Jesus could no longer travel up the hill carrying His cross, Simon carried it for Him.

I wonder what he thought as he trudged to Golgotha under that heavy weight. I wonder what he thought afterwards. I hope he believed. I hope he hurried home to his sons, Alexander and Rufus, and told them he served the Savior. I hope he and his household were saved.

Simon was Jesus’ hands and feet, grasping the cross, plodding uphill—not an easy road. We too are Jesus’ hands and feet, sometimes compelled, always honored—not an easy road for us either. He asks us to serve and promises that the humble will be exalted.

Simon lived during the crucifixion; we live after the crucifixion with the Holy Spirit resident in us. Let’s follow in Simon’s humble steps, compelled not by Roman soldiers, but by the love of Christ (2 Cor. 5:14). Let us honor our Lord with heart and soul, hands and feet.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20

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