Take up the Cross and Walk Behind Jesus..........
As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26).
When Mark and Matthew describe this scene, they simply say that Simon was pressed into service to "carry the cross." But Luke adds that he carried it "behind Jesus." Luke wants Simon to express in action what Jesus had said twice earlier.:
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (9:23).
"Whoever does not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." (14:27).
Simon was blindside. He was on his way in "from the country" minding his own business, when all of a sudden the soldiers seized him and made him carry the cross. He didn't volunteer for the job, and this wasn't part of his plans when he got up that morning.
Some of the toughest crosses are the ones we don't expect or volunteer for. Why this? Why now? Why me? There's no answer this side of the grave. We just do what Simon did. Put our shoulder to the cross as best we can, and walk behind Jesus one step at a time, just trying to get through a day.
Had any crosses like that?