Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. (Mark 15:21 NKJV)
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. (Romans 16:13 NKJV)
What do you think happened in the twenty to thirty years between the Cross and Paul’s letter to the Romans which not only say Rufus as a Christian but drew the family of Simon so close as to have Paul associate Rufus’ mother as his own?
Could it be that Simon a sojourner to Jerusalem during Passover who was forced by the Roman soldiers to help carry the cross of Christ received more of the gospel that day than many of the disciples of Christ had for the three years that they had spent following Him?
Could Simon who had invested a small amount of himself into the cross later found himself in that upper room?
Something happened that day that did not let Simon go. We know of the tragic tale of Alexander, but we know that the family become a patron of Paul, so close so that only blood separated them.
Could it be that Simon stayed through Passover only to received the Spirit of God based on those moments with Christ, blood soaked, near death, carrying Him to the foot of the Cross? Think of Simon, and think of us. Are we not like Simon, carrying the cross of Christ and thus bringing Christ to Calvary?
Something happened that day, and just a few days later, that caused Simon and his family to follow Christ.
May it happen to you today.