Sunday, May 25, 2008

The cross a comfort


"When I was an object of much contempt and derision in the University, I strolled forth one day, buffeted and afflicted, with my little Testament in my hand. I prayed earnestly to my God that He would comfort me with some cordial from His Word, and that, on opening the book, I might find some text which should sustain me. . . . The first text which caught my eye was this: 'They found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear His cross.' You know Simon is the same name as Simeon. What a word of instruction was here -- what a blessed hint for my encouragement! To have the cross laid upon me, that I might bear it after Jesus -- what a privilege! It was enough. Now I could leap and sing for joy as one whom Jesus was honoring with a participation in His sufferings."

Charles Simeon, quoted in H. C. G. Moule, Charles Simeon, pages 59-60.