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The man who carried Christ’s cross, Simon of Cyrene

It was a good deal, but Simon didn’t know it at the time. He was the man the Romans compelled to carry Christ’s cross, after the guards realized after their beating, Jesus was in no condition to carry His cross to Golgotha. I am sure at the time, Simon was wondering “why me.” Since this was Passover, some doubt that the Romans would conscript a Jew to carry Christ’s cross, and probably identified Simon as a gentile by his dress. And since he was in Jerusalem for the Passover, it suggests he had converted to Judaism. But the good deal was this, Simon would carry Christ’s cross, and in turn Christ would carry the burden of Simon’s sin. Most Bible scholars believe Simon of Cyrene became a believer in Christ, because three of the Gospel writers not only knew his name and where he was from, but other personal details, suggesting they were familiar with him (Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26). Both Mark and Luke knew that he had just arrived into Jerusalem from …