I have been doing a lot of pondering about "taking up your cross" lately, and there is a blog post coming on it. But one of my random thoughts was that Jesus tells us to take up our cross, and yet, Simon of Cyrene carried his.
I always wondered why this was the case. Jesus clearly had been beaten, up all night, and had probably lost a lot of blood. But was His physical state the only reason that He didn't carry his own cross?
I wonder if a sinful man didn't carry the cross because in truth, sinful man is the one who was supposed to be on it.