Summary: Life doesn't come with no crosses to bear.
A) As we gather tonight in this auditorium, we all come from different backgrounds!
* We all have different levels of education – Social orders – Training for jobs – Lot of differences
I’m saying in our lives.
* But then there’s a few things that all of us have in common ... And one of the things that we all
have in common is, every last one of us knows what it’s like to bear a burden.
B) What is a burden? ... Webster: Something that is carried; Load; Something oppressive or
worrisome; the bearing of a load!
* The Greek word is “baros” (bar’-os) and means “weight.” ... So all of us in here tonight knows
what it’s like to carry a load.
* And if we’re not careful, we’ll allow those burdens to discourage us.
* As long as ___________’s been sick, it would be awful easy to just give up and get discouraged,
and when we do, it will allow the devil to rob us of our testimony.
C) But I found some help right here in this man from Cyrene this week!
* Now, he’s 800 miles from home ... Many people believe that he was a black man because Cyrene
is in the Northern coasts of Africa in the city of Libya.
* I believe he was a Jew that had settled in a Roman colony and came back to Jerusalem to worship
at the Feast of the Passover.
* That sets better in my mind, an African 800 miles from home for nothing. (There for a purpose)
D) And as he enters Jerusalem, this crowd bursts out the gate, hollering “Crucify Him!”
* And probably out of nowhere, the Roman Centurion, looked up at the crowd and the first person
he saw was Simon, and he said, “You, pick up His cross and carry it.”
* And Simon found himself under a great load – A big burden.
E) I believe that if you had of talked to him, 10 minutes prior to that, he would have told you that
things were fine in his life!
* I mean, you don’t travel 800 miles from home if your wife is sick.
* I believe he had money in his pocket being 800 miles from home ... I believe everything was
going good at home ... Not a care in the world.
* And here out of nowhere, he finds himself with a great burden laid upon him.
F) If you’re here tonight and you’re burden free, you ought to get on this altar and thank God
for that ... But before daylight in the morning your phone may ring .......
* There may be a knock on your door, and you’re gonna find yourself carrying a great load.
* A few years ago, we had a deacon’s meeting on Saturday night – Fish Camp .......
* 7:00 that following Sunday morning, I got a phone call – David Wisham. (Bill Neely)
G) Out of nowhere ... Things going great ... Then it happens ... And we all need to know how to
handle it, or the devil will get us discouraged to the point that we want to give up!
* Let me give you a few things tonight I think that will help us.
(1) THE LORD LIMITS THE LOAD!
A) Don’t forget 3 died on Calvary that day, but I find Simon carrying only one cross … Why