Simon of Cyrene (Northern Africa) was pressed into Roman service to help carry the Cross of Jesus Christ. Did it affect him? What about his family?
We discover in Mark 15:21 the following information about Simon,
21 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.1
We find them listed again in the book of Romans 16:13. If the connection between Simon, Alexander and Rufus is the same family then Simon's return home became a strong testimony. It seems his family eventually moved to Rome to help with the church there.
Do your family members know of your experience at the cross? Have they heard the story clearly so they also seek the opportunity to know Christ personally?
Stand in front of the old rugged cross with your family. It will change the household.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
1 The New International Version. (2011). (Mk 15:21). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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