During his ministry, Jesus found people to call as disciples. In the parable of the banquet, the servants were sent to go out in the streets “and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet” (Matthew 22:9, 10 NET).
Jesus also told, shortly before his death, the parable of the good and bad servants, and pronounced this blessing, “Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes” (Matthew 24:46).
But when the moment came to carry Jesus’ cross, no one among his followers is found.
As they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced to carry his cross.
Where were Peter, John, James, and the others? They had fled, they had abandoned their Lord, and the soldiers had to find and force a stranger to carry it.
Where today are the disciples to carry the cross of Christ? Not a piece of wood alongside the road, but the suffering of service, the rigors of the work, the tremors for the churches, the persecutions for preaching the gospel? Who will carry these?
Will he find one? Will he find you?