“When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus” (Luke 23:26).
I have never met anyone who planned on becoming a follower of Christ. Such transactions occur when the routines and circumstances of everyday life intersect with the providential purposes of God. It’s in such moments that we find ourselves “seized” by his Spirit, beckoning us to follow him. Simon was just a pilgrim from Northern Africa attending the Passover festivities, having no thought of a man named Jesus and, certainly, no intent of becoming his disciple. But he did, and in so doing, he would become the Abraham of his family, paving the way for two sons, Rufus and Alexander, both well-known to the church at Rome (Mark 15:21).