Who Carried the Cross?

March 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Posted in John, Luke, Q&A | 3 Comments
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Question: John 19:16-17 says that Jesus carried His cross. HOWEVER, Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, and Luke 23:26 say that soldiers carried cross. Which one is true?

Answer: First of all, Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, and Luke 23:26 do not say that soldiers carried the Cross. They say that a man named Simon carried it. Jesus carried the Cross AND Simon carried it. They both did. Jesus first, and then Simon the rest of the way. Jesus in His humanity knew what it meant to be so tired and injured that He could not carry a burden that others were demanding of Him. In this respect, although He is God, He can still sympathize with us when we are forced to carry some spiritual or emotional or other burden that is too much for us. We can pass our burden to Him in faith, believing in Him, and He will take it for us without despising us for it.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

I Peter 5:7

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:28-29

The Unselfish Prayer

August 10, 2011 at 8:36 am | Posted in Luke, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Prayer is a great gift from God. Through prayer we can communicate directly with the Sovereign Lord and Creator of this universe. The Bible is replete with examples of good and effective prayers. But our ultimate example for how we should pray is Jesus Christ Himself. Throughout His earthly life, prayer was such a key component of His relationship with His Father, that, even at His most painfully distracted moments, He never forsook the practice of prayer.

From the moment of Jesus’s arrest outside the garden of Gethsemane, and all through the rest of that night, and all through the vile mocking travesty of a “trial” to which He was subjected by His tormentors, He had very little to say in His Own defense. His silence in the face of men did not equate to silence before the face of His Father, though. And when the cruel cold iron spikes were driven into His hands and feet, He cried out in prayer, not for Himself, but for others:

…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…

Luke 23:34

During your prayer time, are most of your prayers about you or about others? When is the last time you prayed that others would be blessed, even if the Lord were to allow your suffering as a part of that blessing?

Oh, Do Remember Me…

January 7, 2010 at 11:03 am | Posted in Biblical Remembering, Luke | 13 Comments
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As human beings get older, one of the inevitabilities of life is that the memory starts to fade. However, the Lord God, although He is ageless, infinite, and eternal, without beginning or end, has no trouble remembering.

We would do well to keep this in mind when we pray. There are two people in Scripture who had very little in common aside from the fact that they both called upon the Lord to remember them in their time of trouble. These are: (1) Hannah, the eventual mother of the prophet Samuel; and (2) one of the thieves who was crucified next to Christ Jesus.

This was Hannah’s prayer:

And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

I Samuel 1:11 (emphasis added)

This was the dying thief’s prayer:

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Luke 23:42 (emphasis added)

Both of these prayers acknowledged the power of God to deliver. They both acknowledged the supplicant’s submission, and God’s deity, calling Him Lord. They both were made in desperate circumstances. Both called upon the Lord to remember. And both prayers were answered.

It is easier for some to remember the Lord in times of great distress, for then they are forced to see Him as their only hope. It is easier for others to remember the Lord when things are going well, and to rely on their own faculties when things turn dire. The former situation is a problem of ingratitude, and the latter is a problem of faithlessness. Thankfully, His remembrance of His children is not as variable as our remembrance of Him. Perhaps the solution is to resolve to emulate Hannah, and repay the Lord’s remembrance of us by dedicating to His service the gifts He gives us, and to imitate the thief on the cross by setting our sights on God’s kingdom, and not our own.

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