S is for Salvation, Saviour and Simon of Cyrene

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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The Easter story is a very important part of God’s plan for the salvation of the human race. Salvation means saving, in particular saving people from the consequence of their wrongdoing or sin. I touched on this in my post for the Letter O, Offering.

Jesus Christ (Letter J) came to be the saviour (savior or redeemer, Letter R) of the world. Luke 2:10-12 His death (Letter D) made this possible. However salvation is not automatic. It is a gift, which is offered, but has to be received and lived out to provide any benefit. Philippians 2:12-13 An earlier A to Z post of mine was about Saviour.

Simon of Cyrene is only mentioned in the Easter story. He was caught up in the events without any choice. Jesus had been arrested, tried, sentenced, tortured and was on his way to Golgotha (Letter G), the site of his crucifixion. He had been forced to carry his own cross, but collapsed under its weight.

Simon of Cyrene was nearby. The Roman soldiers picked him out of the crowd to carry Jesus’ cross. Luke 23:26, Matthew 27:32 and Mark 15:21

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