I want to be able to live a godly life for my children that I will not have to say to them, “don’t do what I did” but I want to be able to say to them, “live how I lived.” I want them to be able to imitate me.
Do you know the father and son relationship between Simon and Rufus? Do you know these 2 Biblical names?
Here is something cool for us today….
In Romans 16, most historians and commentators believe that Rufus was the son of a cross carrier. And not just “A” cross carrier but “THE” cross carrier.
ROMANS 16:13 Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine
Rufus is the son of Simon of Cyrene, the man who was called out of the crowd to carry the cross of Jesus.
(From the New International Bible Dictionary)
(Mark 15: 21) says, “ And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander AND RUFUS, to bear his cross.”
And Rufus is also greeted by Paul in Romans 16: 13: “Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.” If the two references are to one man, it may be conjectured that Simon or Simon’s widow became a Christian and emigrated from Cyrene to Rome, this being the reason for Mark’s cryptic reference. Mark was probably writing in Rome, making these 2 Rufus’ the same man.
Easton’s Dictionary of the Bible says this….
the son of Simon the Cyrenian (Mark 15: 21), whom the Roman soldiers compelled to carry the cross on which our Lord was crucified. Probably it is the same person who is again mentioned in Rom 16: 13 as a disciple at Rome, whose mother also was a Christian held in esteem by the apostle. Mark mentions him along with his brother Alexander as persons well known to his readers (Mark 15: 21).
Can you imagine Rufus hearing the story from his father about that day of the redemption of the planet. It was not only being in the right place at the right time; but willing to do the right thing when called upon.
I don’t want to miss my time.
I know I am in the right place.
I just want to be ready when it’s my turn to carry the cross. We all will be called upon to enter into the scorn of Jesus at times of our lives and when that time comes let’s declare “I will not be ashamed, I will carry the cross.”
Today , for our morning , before school devotions, we were going through the verse in Hebrews 13 that reads …
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
So I asked my children, “we have so many heroes of the faith that are part of our lives. Which one of them do you want to imitate? Which hero do you want to be like?”
And to hear my son, Christian Paul, say “dad” was humbling and heart warming. I want to be for my children someone they can imitate, just like Simon was for Rufus.