Station 7: Jesus Carries His Cross


John 19:17: Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).


Jesus receives his cross, living out the words he spoke to those who desire to be his disciples, and then begins the walk to his death.  Put yourself into the story.  Jesus has endured the brutal beating and now the heavy beam of timber is placed upon his bloody shoulders.  He is pushed and prodded along to the place where he will be crucified.  Imagine how that would feel to be shuffling more than walking down a path to death.  Consider how Jesus, in making the journey with the cross on his shoulders, thought of us and offered for us to God the death he was about to undergo.


Lord Jesus, I accept all the tribulations I will have to endure for the rest of my life. I ask you to grant me strength to endure and carry my cross through life with patience and resignation. I repent of my sins and ask that you help me keep from separating myself from you ever again.