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. (Luke 23:26)
This isn’t the street and this isn’t the man. But imagine that you just came into the city one day and stumbled upon the scene. There are soldiers, crowds, criminals on their way to execution, and this man Jesus who you’ve heard about, but who isn’t someone you actually know. He is bleeding and bowed by the weight of the cross.
Soldiers shout at you, you look behind you, this scene has nothing to do with you. But you take the cross from his bloody shoulders, a little glad to help, but barely able to breathe for fear.
- Wherever you walk this afternoon, imagine Jesus into it.