During the Passion of our Lord, Simon the Cyrene was interrupted. Simon’s plans and his will were put on hold when he was asked to help carry the cross of our Lord.
Can you imagine how annoyed you would be to be pulled away from your schedule and your plans to help a convicted criminal? Sorrowfully I admit that I would be very annoyed and maybe even angry.
Simon didn’t know it at first, but this interruption was possibly the greatest blessing of his life, when he was given the honor to help our Lord.
Lord please help me to more graciously accept the interruptions and help me remember Your hidden blessings they carry as I turn away from my will and allow Your Will to be done.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done. Amen.
I watched The Passion of Christ (2004 American Drama directed by Mel Gibson) on the evening of Easter Sunday. It was the first time I had seen it and now two months later I still think quite often about the lashing of Christ scene. While I was watching the movie the lashing scene seemed to go on forever and at one point I actually winced as Jesus received a lash and I thought to myself, that one was mine. The thought actually surprised me and made me cringe, but the more I have reflected on it the more I think it is true. I think we are all responsible for at least one lash that He received that day.
The comfort I have found as I continue to think about this scene and the innumerable lashes Jesus received is that the lashing did eventually stop. Even though the final number of lashes could not be counted by the end of His lashing, we know the final number of lashes was a finite number. I find comfort in this because to me it means that although there is evil and sin in this world, there is a finite amount. It does not go on forever and there will come a day when all that is left will be GOOD. Thank you Jesus for loving us so much.
I believe it and I pray with all of my heart that you do too! It is Our Best Life!