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Simon of Cyrene carries jesus’ cross
– Matt 27:32
Jesus carries his own cross, thank you very much
– John 19:17,18
April 24th, 2009 at
49. Jesus did (John 19:17) or did not (Matthew 27:31-32) bear his own cross?
(Category: misread the text or the texts are compatible with a little thought)
John 19:17 states that he went out carrying his own cross to the place of the skull. Matthew 27:31,32 tells us that he was led out to be crucified and that it was only as they were going out to Golgotha that Simon was forced to carry the cross.
Mark 15:20,21 agrees with Matthew and gives us the additional information that Jesus started out from inside the palace (Praetorium). As Simon was on his way in from the country, it is clear that he was passing by in the street. This implies that Jesus carried his cross for some distance, from the palace into the street. Weak from his floggings and torture, it is likely that he either collapsed under the weight of the cross or was going very slowly. In any case, the soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for him. Luke 23:26 is in agreement, stating that Simon was seized as they led Jesus away.
Thus the contradiction vanishes. Jesus started out carrying the cross and Simon took over at some point during the journey.
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