Who Carried The Cross?
Jesus or Simon carry the cross?
In describing Jesus being led to his execution, John 19:17 recounts that he carried
his own cross. But Mark 15:21-23 disagrees by saying a man called Simon carried
Do you have the answer? I think we can
guess the right answer without even looking at scripture.
Jesus starts to
carry the cross, but He has been severely beaten and is too weak. Then Simon is
"volunteered" and carries the cross the rest of the way. That's the
Here is the scripture:
took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called
the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified
Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between.
After they had mocked Him, they took the
purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify
Him. They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene
(the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
out" bearing His own cross... he started the walk to Golgotha carrying His
cross. John's point is not to describe who carried the cross, or how Jesus got
to Golgatha. The point is that He went out to the Place of a Skull, and was crucified
there. John's focus is on the crucifixion.
That Simon of Cyrene was pressed
into service to carry the cross is mentioned in all the gospels except John...
I wonder what the others have to say.
Matthew 27:32 -
As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed
into service to bear His cross.
Luke 23:26 - When
they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country,
and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
the answer. Simon of Cyrene would not have been in Pilate's courtyard.
In fact, it appears Simon was traveling, having just come in from the country
(being from Cyrene means he was from an area near Alexandria, Egypt). He was a
stranger in town, and had probably got caught up in the crowd outside Pilate's
palace. As John reports, Jesus went out carrying His cross, but almost immediately
it was apparent He could not carry it. So Simon was pressed into service.
did we find out here? There is no contradiction.
for the crucifixion, Matthew 27:44 tells us Jesus was taunted by both criminals
who were being crucified with him. But Luke 23:39-43 relates that only one of
the criminals taunted Jesus, the other criminal rebuked the one who was doing
the taunting, and Jesus told the criminal who was defending him, Today shalt
thou be with me in paradise."
Another easy one... but
here's the answer anyway...