Springtime is upon us! Along with spring, the Easter seasoned has arrived.
What does Easter mean to you? Eggs? Ham? Going to church? Victory over sin?
Maybe all of these things. Easter, in general, is the celebration of Jesus being crucified and his resurrection from the dead.
As a bible-believing christian, Easter marks the central focus of my faith.
The Bible talks about the crucifixion of Jesus. There are some details but the entire picture is left for us to fill in.
This series will highlight various aspects surrounding the cross.
Chronicles of Calvary.
This is probably the hill where Jesus was crucified. It lies just outside of Jerusalem.
The hill is called Calvary.
The death of Jesus is the culmination of a series of events.
Think of a tapestry woven together with multiple threads. On there own, they may not be significant.
But when seeing all of these paths come together in sweet harmony, you can now begin to appreciate the importance of Calvary.
Here is an example. Enter Simon, the man who carried the cross.
Matthew 27:32, “As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” NIV
Mark 15:21, “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.” NIV
Luke 23:26, “As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.” NIV
Who was this Simon? He was the man who helped carry the cross of Jesus.
And that is our first Chronicle of Calvary.
My guess is that Simon did not know who Jesus was. Perhaps he had heard of him. We will probably never know.
But Simon was in the right pace at the right time. God needed Simon to carry that cross.
I think that Simon and his very short biblical appearance points to us.
- God has a plan
- We are part of this plan
- God sees the whole plan
- We only see a tiny portion of the plan
- God has our part designed for us in this plan
- We can do our part
And that is enough.
God will take care of the rest.
I hope you enjoyed this first Chronicles of Calvary post.
Stay tuned this week.
The Chronicles will continue.