A Kingdom Leader desires to carry the Cross of Christ up the hill. He is so committed to that Cross that he lifts his own on a daily basis.
Do you remember the wet sensation and warm blood of Jesus? His shredded back soaked blood into the wood. Do remember visiting the Cross in your spiritual journey? Has it become a distant memory that no longer affects your thinking, feelings and behavior? Have you forgotten?
32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.1
Amazing! The man who carried the Cross of Christ was an African! You should see the eyes of present day Africans when they hear those words. Unaware that an African was an intimate part of the most powerful battle of all time. Satan thought he won! Simon was allowed direct access into the inner circle of this historic event.
I believe he remained to see the man who walked beside him to Calvary. He was able to watch and hear from an intimate position. I wonder if the guards would allow him to wipe the blood from his back and shoulders? Questions race through my mind as I contemplate the event moment by moment.
We pray that your personal experience of approaching the Old Rugged Cross has not faded into the pages of memories. We remember his gift and sacrifice for us!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
1 The New International Version. (2011). (Mt 27:32). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.