The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith, and on his final journey to his death Jesus was forced to carry the cross on which he would be crucified.  Jesus, already weakened by beating, was weighed down by the physical burden of the wood.

Christian believe that Jesus also “carried” the weight of the world’s evil to the cross with him.

There are many different types of burden, but all of us have some burdens to carry.  Some are visible and some only we know about.  Our burdens can weigh us down, especially if we have to carry them alone.

John 19: 6, 15-17

When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him.” …

They cried out, “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.


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