The Cross Borne After Christ
I looked again. How changed was the face of this disciple! How his cowardice, his waywardness, his self-assurance, all seemed to have been subdued. Again his cross bearing Lord offered him the instrument of self-abasement. His former replies were repeated no more.
When the cross was again placed upon his shoulder, by the Lord Himself, who had once so meekly suffered for him, he meekly replied, “Lord, what will you have me to do? Not my will, but Your will be done.”
I observed the Savior then selecting a cross which was exceedingly large, heavy, and rugged; and laying it on His follower, saying, “Now I intend to honor you with extraordinary service and suffering in my kingdom.”
It was cheering to see how promptly and gratefully the disciple now took the instrument of pain and shame from those Blessed Hands. There was no hesitation. There was no questionings. He held the cross as a treasure; neither afraid nor ashamed of it.