Burdens

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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.

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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.

John 19: 6, 15-17

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

They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.

John 19: 6, 15-17

When the high priests and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate told them, “You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him.” …

They shouted back, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said, “I am to crucify your king?” The high priests answered, “We have no king except Caesar.”

Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned him over to be crucified.

They took Jesus away. Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill.

John 19: 6, 15-17

When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.” …

They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, 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 he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol′gotha.

Application

The image of badly beaten Jesus carrying his own cross, burdened by its weight, is a powerful reminder that he did this to also carry the weight of all the world’s evil and sin too. It is easy to cheapen the great love Jesus has for you if you do not surrender your heart to him, truly repentant, sorry, and grateful. He carried your sin to the Cross with him.

Questions

What burdens do you carry?

Think about a time when you had to carry a heavy load for a long time.  How did it feel?

Have you ever carried a heavy burden for someone else? Or has someone carried a burden for you?

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