LUKE 23:26

Verse 26 “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”

Simon the Cyrenian carried Jesus’ cross part of the way to Golgotha.  As a human, Jesus became too weak and weary to carry His cross and fell beneath the awful load.  This reminds us that there is a cross for all of us to carry in this world that is blighted by sin.  Jesus paid our sin-debt on His cross. As Christians, we have crosses to bear and burdens to bear.  No one else can carry our cross.  We must bear it.  But Jesus does not leave us alone.  He strengthens us for the journey, He encourages us when we grow weary, and He helps us up when we fall.

 

LUKE 17:22-25

Verses 22-25 “22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
23And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
24For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
25But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

 

The coming of Christ in glory to establish His kingdom will be sudden.  It will happen quickly, like a lightning bolt.  But the disciples would all suffer for the cause of Christ before He returned.  Most if not all of them, would be killed for the cause of the gospel.  They would long for those peaceful days when they followed Jesus through the hills and valleys of Judea.  There have been, and there will yet be, false christs.  But Jesus said do not go after those christs.  But first things first!  Jesus said that first He would have to suffer.  He would suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He would suffer in the trials after He was arrested.  He would suffer when He was beaten.  He would suffer on the cross.  All of that suffering was for our sin.  He paid our sin debt.  And He suffered when He was rejected by His own people, the Jews.  The word “generation” in verse 25 refers to the Jewish people.

EXODUS 32:28-33

Verses 28-33 “28And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
29For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
30And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.
31And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
33And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”

Three thousand Israelites were immediately killed as retribution for the awful sin which they had committed. Moses could not be punished in the place of his people because God has decreed that each person must answer for his own sin. The only One who can pay the penalty for the sins of others is the Lord Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus was sufficient to pay the sin debt of every sinner who ever lived or that ever will live.