The Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
As Jesus comes to the end of His life, there are many times that the Gospel writers refer to Scripture being fulfilled. While these verses may not be familiar to us, they were familiar to the people of the time. Even so, they were rarely caught as Jesus was fulfilling them. This moment is one that has such striking similarities, but would be difficult to see until after it was done.
In Genesis 22:1-13, Abraham takes his son Isaac to sacrifice him on a mountain. As they walk up the mountain, Isaac carries the wood for the sacrifice, and asks about the sheep to be sacrificed. Abraham responds, “God himself will provide the sheep.” As the sacrifice is halted, a ram is caught in a thicket of thorns and offered in place of Isaac.
Fast forward, and Jesus, the only beloved Son of the Father, carries the wood for His sacrifice. The Lamb is provided by God Himself, and His head is surrounded by thorns.
St. Augustine tells us “The New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed in the New.” The story of Isaac is not one of a demanding and unreasonable God, but a peek into the plans in the far distant future of a demanding and unreasonable people, and a God who loves them enough to give them what they need.
If you’re just now jumping in, find the rest of the Stations of the Cross here.