In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Carrying of the Cross of our Lord.
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Christ Falls on the Way to Calvary
by Raffaelo Sanzio
Have you ever heard the saying “carrying your cross?” Sometimes when we have heavy burdens to bear or problems to work through, we say it is our “cross to bear.” Just as Jesus bore His heavy cross, so too do we often have to carry heavy burdens in our lives. Thankfully, the crosses that we endure are nothing compared to what Christ endured.
Jesus suffered His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, His Scourging at the Pillar, and His Crowning with Thorns. Even this torture wasn’t enough, and Jesus was forced to carry His own cross to Calvary where He would be crucified. Imagine the pain that He endured, His body ravaged and bloodied with open wounds from the torment of being whipped and the pain of the thorns digging in to his skull. Having a heavy wooden cross rubbing over His horrible injuries caused intense and immeasurable pain with every single step He took. The journey was long, difficult, and excruciatingly painful. As he walked along carrying the heavy cross, Jesus fell several times. The weight of the cross crushed Him to the ground, dirt and rocks embedded in His open wounds, and blood poured out of his sore body.
His mother Mary followed Him on His way to Calvary. Jesus saw His mother and He continued on His journey. When Jesus was presented in the Temple as a baby, a man named Simeon had told Mary that her heart would be pierced and that she would suffer greatly. His disciple John and His friend Mary Magdalen were also following Jesus on His way to Calvary. Even though Jesus fell three times, He continued to get up and go on.
The Romans realized that Jesus might die before they had a chance to crucify Him, so they made Simon of Cyrene, a man in the crowd, help him carry the cross. He was forced to walk along with Jesus, carrying the heavy cross with Him.
As they journeyed to Calvary, a woman named Veronica wiped Jesus’ face with a cloth to comfort Him and clean His bloody face. In a miracle, the image of Jesus’ face was left on that cloth.
Finally Jesus reached Calvary, which means “place of the skull,” and He was thrown to the ground, stripped of His clothes, and then prepared to be crucified. This is the path that Jesus took out of love for us and to save us from our sins.
Now that you understand what was involved with Jesus’ carrying His cross, let’s examine the Stations of the Cross for more details. The Stations reveal ho... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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