Problem: Jesus did and didn't carry his cross
Verses: Mark 15:21, John 19:17; Status: Serious

The synoptic gospels (that is: Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are agreed that a man called Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry the cross of Jesus up to Golgotha where he was crucified. Here is Mark 15:21:

And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (ESV)

Matthew 27:32 and Luke 23:26 are nearly identical. On the other hand, this is John 19:17:

And he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. (ESV)

Of course, one can say that Jesus carried the cross part of the way, and Simon the rest of the way. Or that the two carried the cross together. This probably borders on being Minor.

Updated: 2016-11-03

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