In the movie The Passion of the Christ we see a man being pulled from the crowd, the soldiers force him to help Jesus carry the cross. He turns to the crowd and shouts that he is innocent in this and does not know this man. He looks at Jesus who is bruised, bloody, and worn. The man takes the cross and helps Jesus carry it to Golgotha.
For me this is the most powerful part in the movie and in the account of the crucifixion as I watched/read about Jesus and this man whom the bible identifies as Simon from Cyrene carries the cross. Even though Simon was forced to help (more on that in another post)but this it is a picture of how God helps us carry our burdens.
See Jesus was hurting bad, he was tired, his friends deserted him, people were mocking him, probably spitting on him, and no he was not in high school (but does it seem that way). The Roman soldiers had no sympathy for him they just wanted this to be over. Boy does that not represent real life for most of us.
Life can get us down, family drama is going on, work just sucks; friends are not understanding, and much more. That is why in Matthew 11:28 Jesus says come to me all who are weary and burdened I will give you rest. Meaning whatever life is throwing at you come to me, I will carry it for you just like Simon carried the cross for Jesus.
Admit it we all need help at some point in our lives because our lives are not like movies they are not always happy. Stuff happens that drags you down, and it really at that moment you can call out to Jesus who will come and give you rest maybe not peace but definitely rest.
A few years ago I was unemployed looking for a job, and it was not going well. I started to become depressed and weary. I had people left and right assuming that I wasn’t really looking for a job, or that I was too picky I mean because McDonalds was always hiring (and I am not a girl who likes to be on her feet all day). I was crying the weight of taking care of my mother, trying not to go into debt, and find a really good job. One day I was carrying out to the Lord about how tired how burdened I felt. As I prayed I started to feel a bit of rest for a minute. My tears were drying up, and suddenly I hear God saying the Joy of the Lord is your strength. It took me a few minutes to realize what God was saying but as he was saying it I started to feel lighter which lead me to a 30 day journey of finding Joy in the Lord. The point is when I started to release the burden to God, it allowed the Holy Spirit to guide me, and for Jesus to give me rest that I was seeking for that day.
We are not made to keep our burdens to our self, we cannot handle it. We are not made to go into dark corners and just stay there that is unhealthy. What we are made is to go to the One who will carry our burdens for us so we don’t have to carry it alone.
See Jesus was alone, his friends abandoned him, and people were mocking him. Even though Simon was forced to help carry the cross, it was a relief for Jesus to have help. It is a relief for us when we turn to Jesus with our pain, brokenness, loneliness, and the burden of life. When we turn to Jesus there will be rest, and it maybe not be the rest that we want at the time, like me a job the next day (because that would take care of my burden right?). The rest that Jesus will bring will be at that moment that you need to help you go onto the next step. He is there waiting for you to call on him. Will you call on him today?