The soldiers took Jesus prisoner.
Carrying his cross by himself, he
went out to a place called Skull Place
(in Aramaic, Golgotha).
- John 19: 15-17
The Roman techniques of death by
crucifixion was notoriously brutal.
Beyond the actual excruciating
physical pain, the humiliation of bearing the instrument of death through the streets on the way to the execution was meant to prolong and intensify the suffering. As we find the Jesus who carried the burden of his cross to Golgotha, we remember his earlier words that if we would only come to him, he would carry our burdens. We pray for all those who
carry heavy burdens and ask God to
give them rest.