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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

Christ Carries My Burdens

This is Day 31 of my 40 day Lenten Blog.

As our Lord carried His cross up the hill to Gethsemane He carried my burdens and my sins as well. They were laid upon His beaten and bruised back.

The Lord struggled through immense pain to carry my burdens for me. I did not ask Him to. He did it out of love.

Did I give Him a helping hand as He struggled up the hill? No. I was the Roman soldier beating Him and shouting at Him to carry the sin that I myself should have been carrying. I was the self righteous Pharisee who condemned Him because I did not like the way He accused me of not being as pure as I told myself I was. I was a member of the jeering crowd who taunted Him and made fun of Him for His willingness to be the sacrificial lamb for all of us.

But I pray to God that I can stop being the Roman soldier, the Pharisee, and the mocking onlooker, to finally become Simon the Cyrene. I want to be the man, who though I do not fully understand what is happening, helps Jesus lift His burdens and carry them to the place of the skull.

R.C. VanLandingham is the author of the Peter Puckett series, a Christian children's fantasy that explores what it means to know and love Christ through exciting adventures. His books and blog can be found at

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