The agony of Gethsemane and the torture of the whipping now behind him, Jesus, The Christ, carried His own death instrument.
He carried it on His way to Calvary knowing all along, that more torture awaited him - as He would be nailed and then hung on this Cross until he died an agonizing, torturous death. More torture to face, yet He carried it.
Religion has told us that we must carry or "bear" our own crosses. Nowhere in Scripture does God tell us to do that. Religion has taught us that the "cross" we are meant to carry are our burdens, our sorrows, our losses in life. We've all heard it, "Well, this is my cross I have to bear in life." Maybe religion gets that from this Scripture:
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. ~ Luke 9:23
Whenever I hear someone say, "Well, this is my cross I have to bear in life", I picture Eeyore, all bowed over from the weight of burdens. It saddens me because they do not have revelation of ALL that Jesus Christ did for them.
They don't have understanding that He carried THE CROSS. The Cross had every sin, every pain, and all burdens of every man, woman, and child who would ever live nailed to it.
Please read Isaiah 53, which is the prophetic picture of Jesus going to The Cross. Isaiah 53:4 says, "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows". Jesus did.
He carried each and every human grief and sorrow known to man to His Cross. He bore them upon His own Body while He hung there dying for you and me. He carried them, so we do NOT have to.
The "take up his cross daily" in Luke 9:23 is not talking about us bearing our lot in life. It's referring to choice.
Jesus is saying that if we desire to be His Followers, His Believers, His Disciples, then we must die to self ("deny self"). "Taking up the cross daily", just means that daily we will be faced the choice of me, myself, and I or Jesus and His Way of doing things. A cross was an instrument of death. Today it is still the symbol of death - denying self in order to follow Jesus.
If we continue to "bear" our own sorrows, griefs, and heartaches, then we are nullifying Jesus Christ's redemptive powers by being crucified. He paid the ultimate price and took them upon Himself for us.
"It is finished", Jesus cried out from the Cross. It is finished. I don't have to spend the rest of my life with burdens on my back.
But, it is a choice. And God allows us to choose. I can continue to carry them or leave on His Cross once and for all so I can truly be burden-free.
May God open the eyes of our understanding during the days leading up to the celebration of Jesus' Resurrection. May we all have revelation of all that His death and resurrection means for us.
Because of Him and Unto Him,