"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

"And He bearing His cross."—John 19:17.

When did Jesus bear the cross? Not that moment alone, surely, when the bitter tree was placed on His shoulders, on the way to Golgotha. Its vision may be said to have risen before Him in His infant dreams in Bethlehem's cradle; there, rather, its reality began; and He ceased not to carry it, until his work was finished, and the victory won! A cloud of old, hovered over the mercy seat in the tabernacle and temple. So it was with the Great Antitype—the living Mercy-seat—He had ever a cloud of woe hanging over Him. "He carried our sorrows."

Reader! dwell much and often under the shadow of your Lord's cross, and it will lead you to think lightly of your own! If He gave utterance to not one murmuring word, can you complain? "If we were deeper students of His bitter anguish, we would think less of the ripplings of our waves, amid His horrible tempest"—(Evans.) The saint's cross assumes many and diverse shapes. Sometimes it is the bitter trial, the crushing pang of bereavement, desolate households, and aching hearts. Sometimes it is the crucifixion of sin, the determined battling with "lusts that war against the soul." Sometimes it is the resistance of the evil maxims and practices of a lying world—vindicating the honor of Christ, in the midst, it may be, of taunt, and ridicule, and shame. And as there are different crosses so there are different ways of bearing them. To some, God says, "Put your shoulder to the burden; lift it up, and bear it on; work, and toil, and labor!" To others, He says, "Be still, bear it, and suffer!"

Believer! your cross may be hard to endure, it may involve deep struggles—tears by day, watchings by night; bear it meekly, patiently justifying God's wisdom in laying it on. Rejoice in the assurance that He gives not one atom more of earthly trial than He sees to be really needful; not one unnecessary thorn pierces your feet. In the very bearing of the cross for His sake there are mighty compensations. What new views of your Savior's love! His truth, His promises His sustaining grace, His sufferings, His glory! What new filial nearness; increased delight in prayer; in inner sunshine when it is darkest without! The waves cover you, but underneath them all, are "the everlasting arms!"

Do not look out for a situation without crosses. Be not over anxious about "smooth paths,"—leaving your God, as Orpha did Naomi, just when the cross requires to be carried. Immoderate earthly enjoyments—unbroken earthly prosperity—write upon these "Beware!"—You may live to see them become your greatest trials!

Remember the old saying, "No cross, no crown." The sun of the saint's life generally struggles through "weeping clouds." One of the loveliest passages of Scripture is that in which the portals of heaven being opened, we overhear this dialogue between two ransomed ones—"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and where came they? And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation!"

"Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind."

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