[quote="CentralFLJames, post:8, topic:101134"]
As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. *
And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him. They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, 8 who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. *
And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.
32 As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross. *
Well if we take these above 3 scripture verses literally without any tradition then it seems that Jesus never carried the cross at all and it was Simon the Cytenian who carried the cross the whole way for Jesus. But if we take the following verses from John without the benefit of tradtion then none of it makes sense since John says Jesus carried it himself.
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. 6 So they took Jesus, 17 **and carrying the cross himself **he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
**How do the fundamentalists resolve this blatant contradiction in scripture without Catholic Tradition?
Did Jesus even carry His Cross at all? If Jesus carried it did He fall one or more times?
Tradition tells us Jesus did carry His cross and after falling 3 times and near death Simon The Cyrenian was made to carry it.**
Bare with me but...
I was reading Ezekiel 1:1-12 about the beast with four faces: the Lion, the Ox, the Man, and the Eagle and I found four scriptures pointing to the coming of Christ and these four faces.
Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth… etc.
Zech 6:12 Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH… etc.
Zech 9:9 … behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; … etc.
Each gospel writer was inspired to write with an emphasis on one of these four faces; each of them representing Christ.
Mathew emphasizes Christ as King (Lion): genealogy by succession, says Jesus was “born King of the Jews,” and refers to Christ as “… a Governor that shall rule over Israel.”
Mark emphasizes Christ as a servant (Ox): hence, no genealogy or origin. Who cares about the genealogy of a slave or servant?
Luke emphasizes Christ as a man (Humanity): genealogy by nature from the Virgin Mary all the way back to Adam to show he was born into the human race. Luke’s gospel is the only gospel where Jesus himself says he endured temptation (ref. Lk 22:28 – as in good, to prove by trial, ref. Heb 5:8). Not long after in Lk 22:44 Jesus prayed so hard his sweat was as great drops of blood (Lukian exclusive). Jesus teaches how to deal with temptation in Luke’s gospel more than any other.
John emphasizes Christ as the Deity (Eagle), the three in one: John immediately refers to him as the Word, God, and the Light. The only gospel Jesus says, “I and my Father are one.” When Jesus prays, John only uses the Greek#2065 as when “a king makes request of another king.” John’s is the only gospel Jesus says, “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.” Pointing to his word and communion. The word “temptation” is not in John’s gospel save to describe the actions of the Pharisees questioning about the law.
So each gospel is from a different perspective according to its respective symbol: Mathew - Lion (Christ’s Kingship), Mark - Ox (Christ’s servitude), Luke – Man (Christ's humanity), and John – Eagle (Christ’s Deity).
So while Mathew, Mark, and Luke show Jesus has help carrying the cross, John makes no mention of it because it is not relevant to that perspective. I don't think it means that he did not have help. I think it simply means John does not include it because as the Deity we know he could have snapped his finger and made it all happen in a blink.
I know that is a lot but I hope I said something to encourage, inspire, and edify. I enjoy this stuff. God bless.