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Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not
that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not
from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.

But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon's, it is not
our cross, but Christ's cross which we carry. When you are molested for your piety;
when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, then remember it is not
your cross, it is Christ's cross; and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord
Jesus!

You carry the cross after Him. You have blessed company; your path is marked with
the footprints of your Lord. The mark of His blood-red shoulder is upon that heavy
burden. 'Tis His cross, and He goes before you as a shepherd goes before his sheep.
Take up your cross daily, and follow Him.

Do not forget, also, that you bear this cross in partnership. It is the opinion of some that
Simon only carried one end of the cross, and not the whole of it. That is very possible;
Christ may have carried the heavier part, against the transverse beam, and Simon may
have borne the lighter end. Certainly it is so with you; you do but carry the light end of
the cross, Christ bore the heavier end.

And remember, though Simon had to bear the cross for a very little while, it gave him
lasting honour. Even so the cross we carry is only for a little while at most, and then we
shall receive the crown, the glory. Surely we should love the cross, and, instead of
shrinking from it, count it very dear, when it works out for us "a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory."

From Charles Spurgeon Morning & Evening - April, Day 4, Morning.


Hebrews 12:2-3
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set
before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.
NIV
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Luke 23:26-38

26 The King on a Cross

Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was
coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after
Jesus.

27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and
lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said,
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not
weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  29 For indeed the days
are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and
breasts which never nursed!'  30 Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on
us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'  31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what
will be done in the dry?"
 

32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when
they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals,
one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said,
"Father, forgive
them, for they do not know what they do."

And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But
even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He
is the Christ, the chosen of God."

36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying,
"If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."

38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

NKJV

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
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The King on a Cross
Luke 23:26-38
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"On Him they laid the cross, that He might bear it after Jesus."
— Luke 23:26

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