Carrying his cross by himself, he went out to what is called
The Place Of the Skull, which in Hebrew is Golgotha.
The Second Station: Jesus Bears His Cross… Jesus might have refused the cross. If he just lay on the ground to die, could he have avoided that painful trek up to Calvary? My conjecture is meaningless because Jesus accepted the cross. Though another man would have fallen under the burden, he persisted. As I imagine this scene, I must remember that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human. His body felt that burden just as any one of us would have.
Isn’t it odd that we struggle for power and prestige while Jesus forsook them both for us? While Jesus embraced his cross, we wiggle and squirm just enough to shake away our own burdens.
Loving God, help me to embrace life’s challenges rather than to hide from them. Help me to imitate your commitment to me by willingly taking on whatever I face today.
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