“When I was an object of much contempt and derision in the University, I strolled forth one day, buffeted and afflicted, with my little Testament in my hand.  I prayed earnestly to my God that He would comfort me with some cordial from His Word, and that, on opening the book, I might find some text which should sustain me. . . . The first text which caught my eye was this: ‘They found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear His cross.’  You know Simon is the same name as Simeon.  What a word of instruction was here — what a blessed hint for my encouragement!  To have the cross laid upon me, that I might bear it after Jesus — what a privilege!  It was enough.  Now I could leap and sing for joy as one whom Jesus was honoring with a participation in His sufferings.”

Charles Simeon, quoted in H. C. G. Moule, Charles Simeon (London, 1956), pages 59-60.

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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