THE CROSS-CULTURAL NATURE OF GOD’S WORD AND WORK WAS DIVINE DESTINY
Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. (Matthew 27:32 NKJV). Simon of Cyrene was a black man from Ethiopia, and this text and the identity of this man clearly reminds us all today that all cultures were represented at Calvary and in the church. This further reminds us that wise men of all ages would be honored to be allowed to perform the task that was conferred upon Simon of Cyrene, a black man from northwestern Africa. Whether it was voluntary or by force, in any case, black hands were extended to help the Savior bear His cross. The Ethiopian eunuch from Africa (Acts 8:26) was the first Gentile convert mentioned by name in the Book of Acts. History reports that he returned to Ethiopia to found the Abyssinian Christian Church, which exists until this day.