Why did Jesus carry the cross and why did he say that everyone should take up their own cross? And what is the cross anyway?
When Jesus said:
it was some time prior to his actual crucifixion, and apparently he was making a reference to that crucifixion. His cross was the dying on the cross in payment; not for his sins since he had none; but for our sin. So if that was his cross to bear, what then is our cross?
Perhaps we find the answer to that in what Jesus charged his disciples with after he had born his cross. After he had risen from the Grave he gave his disciples only one command:
Hope this helps.
Matthew 16:24 says "Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me". Luke 9:23 says "Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me". Luke 14:27 says " And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple". And Matthew 11:30 says "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".
In all these verses Christ is using Cross as an allegory to human suffering and sacrifice needed to carry out his responsibilities. Christ is alluding to the fact that as Christians and children of God our responsibility is to fulfill our daily responsibilities without any whining.