This fresh set of Daily Devotions is being provided for our LCA/NZ family, friends and visitors to help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as we face unsettling times. They can be used by families and individuals as part of the LCA/NZ’s Church@Home resources to encourage us and build trust in our Heavenly Father during this season of uncertainty and physical isolation.
by Pastor Chris Mann
This is the third in a series of seven devotions on the theme of Seven Great Stories to Tell One Day.
Click here for your printable verse to carry with you today.
‘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’ (Luke 23:26).
In the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic there are lots of stories of pain, sorrow and heartbreak. But in the midst of the stories of pain are great stories – stories of healing, hope, and love. Now that we are on the other side of Easter, we can look back and see some of the stories that we may have skipped over in the crucifixion of Jesus. And because he lives in us, his story becomes our story.
One of the most amazing stories I see in the crucifixion of Jesus is his receiving of human help on his way to the cross.
Simon of Cyrene is seized by the soldiers and helps Jesus carry his cross.
It reminds me: if Jesus is willing to accept and receive help from others – indeed, dare I say it, even needs help to get to where he needs to go – then I also need the help of others to get where I need to go. I can’t make it on my own. I need the people God has placed around me, even perhaps people from the crowd, to help me.
May the stories we tell during and after this time include stories of people who helped us make it through to the other side.
Heavenly Father, please send people to help me. Please also send me to help others. Together, may we get where we need to go. Amen.