Then they led him out to crucify him. 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. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. Mark 15:20b-25 NIV
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. Romans 16:13 NIV
WHAT SIMON KNEW
THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU CAN ONLY LEARN ABOUT JESUS BY CARRYING A CROSS WITH JESUS.
Living under the authority of Jesus will always mean I’m carrying a cross of some kind.
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27 NIV
WHAT JOHN KNEW
2. Living under the authority of Jesus is simple obedience to his request.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 NIV
WHAT THE THIEF ON THE CROSS KNEW
3. Living under the authority of Jesus results in grace when we need it.
ASKING The Question of Authority
Do I truly live my life firmly under the authority of Jesus?
Do I live and feel like I have the right to second guess and pass judgement Jesus?