At the Cross (1)

Today and for the next few days, we will look at verses from Luke, chapter 23. These verses tell us about Jesus dying on the cross.
Pilate sentenced Jesus to die on a cross. The soldiers led Him away to a hill called Golgotha. They forced Jesus to carry His own wooden cross. Before this, the soldiers had beaten Jesus. He was too weak to carry the heavy cross. So they forced a man “to carry Jesus’ cross and walk behind him” (verse 26b).
The man who carried Jesus’ cross was named Simon. He was from Cyrene. Maybe Simon did not even know who Jesus was. I wonder how Simon felt as he walked behind Jesus to Golgotha.
People forced Simon to carry Jesus’ cross. But no one forced Jesus to die on the cross. He was willing to give up His life for us. Why? Because He loves us and wants us to receive God’s gift of salvation.
Praise God that Jesus was willing to die for us!