One And Only

Mark 15:16-24

Then they led him out to crucify him. 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.

This is the one and only time anyone is asked to carry Jesus’ cross! The Teacher often told His students they must take up their cross and follow Him. Their own though! Not His!

We’re not told how Simon felt about this. We know he wasn’t given a choice by the Roman soldiers. We suspect he wasn’t happy about it.

Simon was a long way from Africa and his hometown in Libya. He just happens to be in the right place at the wrong time. Or is he?

Students of Jesus learn to doubt coincidences. Experience teaches God is always involved. A coincidence is God’s perfect timing!

Naturally, that’s what we believe about Simon. We suspect this close encounter with Jesus is God’s providential move in his life.

Any evidence to support this? Yes, right here in Mark’s text!

Mark mentions Simon’s sons, Rufus and Alexander, without explanation. Why even include them? Unless, of course, these two men are already well known to Mark’s Christian readers!

Forced or not, what a privilege to carry the cross of Jesus as He walked alongside! Don’t you wish it could have been you?

Wait a minute! Jesus is walking with us too! As we take up our own cross and follow Him each day. He's helping us along.

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). And they crucified him.


  1. May quote you? What perfectly put thought:

    "A coincidence is God's perfect timing!"

    I don't think we understand nearly enough, or even think nearly enough about how God works in our lives. I have heard that "coincidence" and "luck" are code words for God's providence.

    If we are his sheep, and he our shepherd, does he not lead us? Does he not make sure we're in the right place at the right time?

    The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out... I am the good shepherd. (John 10:3,11)

    Oh to be able to hear more clearly the shepherd's voice!

  2. Sure Kevin, you can quote me.
    The problem is I don't remember
    who it is I am quoting. :)