Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 11, 2009

How did you come to run into Jesus? Your parents take you to church? Heard about him just by living in a largely Christian country? It was what everyone was doing?

As they led [Jesus] away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.
- Luke 23:26 NRS

Simon the Cyrene was a victim of circumstance. Some were there to jeer Jesus. Some were there to insure that Jesus was killed. Some came to grieve and cry out that an innocent should die. But Simon just got stuck by circumstances and forced into a terrible and great ordeal. I wonder what became of him.

Many of us through little choice of our own just bumped into Jesus, but surely have not had to carry his cross. But having bumped into him, we do have to decide what to do with him. What have we been doing with Jesus lately?

Dale Patterson