5 things we can learn from Simon of Cyrene
- God uses people of every tribe tongue and colour
- Cyrene is modern day Libya and most scholars believe that Simon was black.
- As Christians it’s important that we share that Jesus is for all people. In Christ Jesus we are all equal.
- Picture of discipleship
- carries the cross behind Jesus, this action is a visual picture of this verse and of discipleship, Luke 9:23.
- Carrying the cross wasn’t easy for Simon and following Jesus isn’t easy, but it means that we’re never alone and that Jesus will always be with you.
- Jesus came not to improve your life but came to be your life.
- We don’t choose suffering
- Simon didn’t expect to carry the cross and many of us have unexpected encounters with suffering.
Hebrews 3:15-16, Jesus understands and Jesus is with us in our struggles.
- The impact of our lives
- Simon’s son Rufus (mentioned in Mark’s gospel) was a key person in the early church in Rome and Simon’s greatest impact was on his children.
- Our lives influences others, especially those near us. We can be intentional about how we sow into the lives of those around us.
- The biggest legacy that we leave will be our impact on others lives.
- God is at work in the detail
- In Gethsemane Jesus sweated blood because he was so anxious and God sent an angel to help him. On the way to the cross Jesus had a human help him.
- God’s plan was that Jesus would die on the cross and Simon was part of the detail to make that happen.
- God uses individuals like us to bring about his works and purposes.