THE HARDEST CHOICE – Golgotha
“Sir! There he is!”
Cornelius could just make out Jesus struggling with the heavy cross. Then his foot tripped and he stumbled to the ground with the weight of the cross pinning him down. For just a fraction of a second, Jesus’ eyes and his eyes met. And in that fraction, Cornelius realized that Jesus had seen him struggle. Cornelius made his choice.
“Sir! We have to attack now.”
“Stand down, Cestus. I now understand that this what Jesus want to happen.” Seeing the confusion in Cestus’ face, he said, “It will be hard to watch him die like this. But like Lazarus was brought back from death, God will resurrect him. We only have to believe and trust. Do you trust me, Cestus.”
“Always, sir. Always.”
“Thank you. Send the men back.”
Cornelius and Cestus pushed their way through the crowd to find one of the guards whipping Jesus to get up.
Cornelius shouted, “Stop!” He looked around and spotted a man built like a bull. He called the man over, “Name?”
“Simon of Cyrene, your honor.”
“Can you carry the cross for him?”
“Yes, your honor.”
Cestus helped Jesus to his feet as the big man from Cyrene picked up the cross and easily put it on his shoulder. Cornelius and Cestus helped Jesus walk the rest of the way.
Golgotha was a hill that was part of an abandoned quarry. It was about a quarter mile from the city wall. It was suppose to be another burial site for the rich but the Romans chose it as their execution hill because the North caravan road ran right next to it. It was known as Skull hill because from the perspective of the road the hill looked like a half buried skull.
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