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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

On him they laid the cross

"On him they laid the cross, 
that he might bear it after Jesus."
Luke 23:26

We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. 

Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering.
 He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, 
but that you may endure it.
 Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. 
Remember that, and expect to suffer.

But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, 
that in our case, as in Simon's, it is not our cross, 
but Christ's cross which we carry. 

When you are molested for your piety; 
when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, 
then remember it is not your cross, it is Christ's cross; 
and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus!

You carry the cross after him. 
You have blessed company; your path is marked with the footprints of your Lord. 

The mark of his blood-red shoulder is upon that heavy burden. 
'Tis his cross, and he goes before you as a shepherd goes before his sheep. 
Take up your cross daily, and follow him.

Do not forget, also, that you bear this cross in partnership. 
It is the opinion of some that Simon only carried one end of the cross, and not the whole of it. 

That is very possible; Christ may have carried the heavier part, against the transverse beam, and Simon may have borne the lighter end. 

Certainly it is so with you; you do but carry the light end of the cross, 
Christ bore the heavier end.

And remember, though Simon had to bear the cross for a very little while,
 it gave him lasting honour. 
Even so the cross we carry is only for a little while at most, 
and then we shall receive the crown, the glory. 

Surely we should love the cross, and, instead of shrinking from it, 
count it very dear,  when it works out for us "
a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

is to share the precious word of God,
without acquiring any MONETARY REWARD. 
God gave me the salvation for "FREE", 
so I share the gospel of his word the same way .. 
Blessings to all of You, rejoice in the sublime 
and infallible Word of God.  
 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ, 
you can be accepted into his kingdom. 
 I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted. 

Marvelous God Almighty, 
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
who died for me to make me free of sin, 
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free.
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand
 your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth, 
but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 
“The true minister of Christ knows that 
the true value of a sermon must lie, 
 not in its fashion and manner, 
but in the truth which it contains.” 

.... Reflection and inspiration from the 
"Prince of Preachers,"

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~ 


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