Here the Lord Jesus is carrying the Cross on the way to Golgotha.
A great crowd surrounded Him, some with love and pity, but others with hate and mocking
Him. And then there were those who were just inquisitive, wanting to see what was going
on.Along the way there was a man called "Simon of Cyrene". When Jesus
strength was failing under the Cross, they looked for a person to carry the cross and they
got Simon to carry the Cross. He was, according to some Bible commentators, the father of
Alexander and Rufus who became members of the New Testament church. He didnt want to
but he was forced to. He was born in North Africa. Through his carrying the Cross there
was blessing upon his children. Its a pity when Africans say that Jesus is for the
white people. We find so other instances where Jesus identifies with those of Africa, like
in this instance, and also when Joseph had to flee to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill
the baby Jesus, Africa gave Jesus refuge.
They cruelly beat Jesus so that his back was "ploughed like a
field". They put a crown of cruel thorns on His head and beat him on the head so that
the thorns wounded his head. Yet the Lord Jesus said, "daughters of Jerusalem, do not
weep for Me but for yourself and your children". Have you ever wept for yourself?
When you gaze upon Him, then you should weep for yourself, your sins, realising that
its because of your sin that He suffered in this terrible way. He did it for you.
There are those who superficially apologise without godly remorse,
but it doesnt go deep. The Bible says that godly sorrow
brings repentance (2Cor 7:10). We should all be familiar with the tears of remorse because
of our own sins. The Bible says that God is not mocked, that which we sow we will reap,
and the wages of sin is death (Gal 6:7; Rom 6:23).
A certain girl at Maphumulo, met a boy who told her that she was
the first girl in his life. But after she got AIDS, she discovered that he had fifteen
other girlfriends. There is truth in the saying that there is no one who can lie like a
boy that woos a girl.
God brings His wrath from Heaven on people who do these things. He
wants to bring you into marriage in a pure way, without sexual immorality. The veil a
bride wears signifies virginity. Woe to you if you do not keep Gods Word. Dont
just be one who hears but one who keeps the Word of God.
Jesus said, "weep for yourself and your children". Do
you know how to die, and have you taught your children? If you receive a call that your
child have died, would you be fearless knowing that youve taught your child the
Gospel? Teach your children what the Bible says, "it is appointed unto man once to
die and thereafter the judgement" (Heb 9:27).