I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.

I describe myself as the alien who carries the burden of the cross as Jesus slowly moves to reach His earthly destination. Jesus is spared from the burden of carrying the cross on the day of His crucifixion. My discipleship is predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by my belief or disbelief, or free will.

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief or free will.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.

I describe myself as Simon a Cyrenian bearing the burden of the cross under compulsion and following Jesus. I am drawn to follow Jesus and there is no free will involved. There are no exceptions to this rule.

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.

I am in the City of Jerusalem and yet I am an alien for I am not a citizen of Rome, not a citizen of Israel, not a citizen of Judea, and not a citizen of Galilee. I follow Jesus but I have not yet entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth to claim the citizenship status.

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple following Jesus bearing the burden of the Cross.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple following Jesus bearing the burden of the Cross.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple following Jesus bearing the burden of the Cross.
I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple following Jesus bearing the burden of the Cross.

I reflect upon the Great Struggle, the Agony of the Cup held by Jesus and the Burden of the Cross I carry. The completed act of Crucifixion resolved the Agony of the Cup, the Great Struggle endured by Jesus. I am the alien who is present when Jesus cries out as the Agony of the Cup comes to its conclusion.

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple following Jesus bearing the burden of the Cross. Mathew 10:37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. Jesus is calling you to a commitment of all that you are, above all other relationships that you have. [more than me] This is breaking the first commandment. Christ calls us to a higher mission than to find comfort and tranquility in this life. [is not worthy of me] Three times for emphasis (Matthew 10:37-38). We have become so accustomed to this expression— taking up one’s cross —in the sense of being prepared for trials in general for Christ’s sake, that we are apt to lose sight of its primary and proper sense here— a preparedness to go forth even to crucifixion, —a saying the more remarkable as our Lord had not as yet given a hint that He would die this death, nor was crucifixion a Jewish mode of capital punishment.

Judas Iscariot, the Twelfth Apostle, a Spiritual, and Moral Being:

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. Judas confessed his sin, repented expressing true remorse for his actions for the man is constituted as a Spiritual, and Moral Being. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.

Man is a spiritual being and is constituted as a Moral Being. The moral nature of man is a spiritual attribute and at a fundamental level the ability called moral discernment is related to the spiritual function that makes man a conscious, sensible living entity. The function called consciousness contributes to the awareness to know the nature of actions performed and to make the distinction between right and wrong. Sometimes, man is driven by an external stimulus or desire to perform an action and later man reviews his own action to determine the good or evilness of his own act. The Science called Anthropology refers to the systematic study of man as a physical and moral being. Anthropology prefers to use direct observations of human beings, their activities and their products rather than using documentary accounts. Since Anthropology and all other Natural Sciences have not defined man as a Spiritual Being, I am using a different methodology to make my observations using documented accounts of human behavior and human nature to explain facts which can also be established by direct observations of living human beings. In this context, to know man as a Moral Being, I would like to share the story about Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus that is recorded in the Bible and most of my readers are already familiar with this story. I would like to remind my readers that at the time of this story, during the life of Judas Iscariot, there was no established religious faith or belief called Christianity and the actions of Judas strictly reflect upon his own intrinsic spiritual nature and his mind was not influenced by any concern about the truth about Jesus. The disciples of Jesus were very doubtful and they waited until the fact of Resurrection was established to clarify their disbelief.

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief or free will.

For I describe myself as an alien, I bear the burden of the Cross as I painfully march towards my earthly destination and when the struggle finally reaches its conclusion, at the ninth hour, I ask myself, “My God, my God, Why have You forsaken me.”

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.

I am Simon Cyrene for I am predestined to follow Jesus Christ to carry the Burden of the Cross without seeking the reward of Salvation or Everlasting Life.

Simon Cyrene

I am Simon Cyrene, the Twelfth disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot during the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. The discipleship is always predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by belief or disbelief, or free will.
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