Mar 15:20-21 “And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. 21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.”
Simon of Cyrene came to Jerusalem with expectations of worship, sacrifice and communion with God. His plans were derailed when he carried the cross, becoming defiled by the blood of a condemned man. His long journey to Jerusalem for the Passover, the trip of a lifetime, ended with a task that disqualified him from all his plans. Yet what he found was much, much better.
Today, we must consider our expectations. God often gives us a desire (Psalms 37:4), and we establish our expectations in accomplishing it. But the death He requires (Galatians 5:24) calls for complete trust in Him . That includes death to our expectations (“…crucified the flesh with its passions and desires…”).
A child, being told that he will be going to Disney Land, has expectations of what to expect. Yet these expectations, born in his imagination, fall short of the true experience. “But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…’”
The greatest reason our expectations, like Simon’s, have to be forsaken, is that they are too small.