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Carrying the Cross: A Good Friday Devotional

Carrying The Cross:  A Good Friday Devotional

It's always difficult for me to watch and/or read Good Friday devotionals.  I get distracted; I get annoyed; I get bored.  It's not because the message is "old news" or too familiar, nor because the content isn't important to me.  I think it's because deep down inside, I don't want to hear it.  I don't want to relive that moment.  It makes me uncomfortable to realize that my sin was the root cause of all this pain and suffering.  I don't want to think about it.  I want to move on to Easter, and skip the Way of Sorrow.

So when I sat through the Skit Guys latest presentation - although it was only 4-1/2 minutes long - there were moments when I wanted to turn it off & found myself thinking of other things instead.  But I knew why this was, and forced myself to watch the whole thing. 

I've often been intrigued with the character of Simon of Cyrene (modern Libya).  When I was a young lad, he was often presented as a hero, who helped Jesus along the way to Golgotha.  But by the late 60's another view of him came into vogue.  One much more impersonal...even sinister (not unlike the culture).  Which version of this man is true?  Who knows for certain, but I find it intriguing that The Gospel of Mark identifies him as "The father of Alexander and Rufus" .  Paul greets Rufus (and his mother) in Romans 14:13 in the dearest of terms, and there is a substantial tradition that Alexander was a notable first century missionary.  I can't help but think "surely the experience of carrying the cross of Christ profoundly influenced this young black man, and his entire family, to the point of conversion".  Regardless of his spiritual state prior to the event, I believe this was a moment of conversion which changed his life forever.  The same thing happens in those moments when we personally and profoundly experience the grace of God in our own lives, and are "converted" (changed) forever.

The following skit/monologue portrays this concept in a powerful, beautiful way.  I hope it blesses you.  Have a wonderful Resurrection Day!


(ps.: holding down the <CTRL> key while clicking this link will take you to the skit.)


Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  

Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.