In today’s text we learn more details about the various people Jesus encountered along that Via Dolorosa path to His crucifixion.
We will particularly focus on a character with a fascinating background and contributed greatly to the early church, Simon of Cyrene. There is much to learn from Jesus’ journey, as we follow Him closely to His crucifixion.
Once more, here is the full account of this moment compiled from Gary Crossland’s “Merged Gospels” …
#278. Pilate Orders Jesus to be Crucified – MT 27:26c, 27:31b-32, MK 15:15c, 15:20b-21, LK 23:25b-32, JN 19:16-17a
(Location – The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Passover, 30 AD.)
So, then he delivered Jesus to them, to their will, to be crucified. And they took Jesus [and lead Him away]. They took His purple robe off Him, and put His garments on Him. Then they took Jesus, and they led Him out to crucify Him, and He went out, bearing His own cross. And when they led Him away, as they were coming out, they laid hold of a man named Simon of Cyrene, a passer-by coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross, And placed the cross on him to carry behind Jesus. And following Him, there was a great crowd of the people, and of women who were also mourning and lamenting Him. But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things in the green tree, what will happen in the dry?” And two others also who were criminals were being led away to be put to death with Him.
Never take your eyes off Jesus. His story continues to instruct and build us spiritually. Every step He takes, even bearing His cross, we learn valuable lessons. May we not merely learn from studying Him. May we also follow in His footsteps.
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” (Luke 9:23–25, NKJV)