Good morning Father, Son, and Spirit, I begin my day receiving you love, grace and mercy.

Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate… So Pilate spoke to them (crowds) again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!...” So the soldiers led him into the palace….Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him.… Those who passed by defamed him, (Mark15:1, 12,  16,19, 29)

Jesus, as I read this passage this morning it hits my heart and saddens me how completely alone and abandoned You were in your suffering.  The chapter before tells us that at Your arrest,  “Then all the disciples left him and fled.” (Mark 14:50) In this passage everyone else rallies together against you: Chief priests, Elders, experts in the law, the crowds, Pilot, soldiers, passers by, all wanted to humiliate and hurt You, You were completely alone.

All except one man, Simon of Cyrene.  “The soldiers forced a passerby to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country” (Mark 15:21)  One man stepped out, embraced your cross, entered into your suffering, and walked with you.  The passage said he was forced, but he still did it. 

Lord help me be Simon today and everyday of my life.  Carrying your cross is not be the popular thing to do. Those in the crowd around me may ridicule me.  Like Simon, honestly in my flesh it may not be what I want to do and is way beyond my comfort zone.   Walking close with You, I will receive the brunt of people’s anger and get hit in the face by the spit that is intended for You.   However today I have to make a choice; will I be like Simon, or will I be like the rest of the crowd.  Holy Spirit give me the strength, fill me with love for Jesus and my neighbors and instill in me a heart of worship to embrace Jesus, embrace His cross, and carry it into a a desperate world that needs its love and redemption.

My family, I pray today you choose to be like Simon and not like the crowds around him.  In Jesus’ name.  Please pray the same for me.  God bless you my friends!!

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Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower

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