“THE FINAL INDIGNITY?”
What do you think His final indignity was?
1A. WAS IT WHEN JUDAS ISCARIOT BETRAYED HIM?
2A. WAS IT WHEN SIMON PETER DENIED HIM?
3A. WAS IT WHEN PILATE STRIPPED AND BEAT HIM?
4A. I THINK HIS FINAL INDIGNITY WAS WHEN SIMON OF CYRENE WAS COMPELLED TO CARRY HIS CROSS
Look at that word “compel.” It translates the Greek word “,” and refers to forced servitude. It’s also used in Matthew 5.41 and 27.32. Originally a concept found in Persia, when that empire’s messengers had the legal right to compel subjects to personally, or by loaning their animals, demonstrate their subjection to governmental authority. How, was Simon Cyrene’s compulsion to carry the Savior’s cross an indignity, what I think was His final indignity?
Consider the right of requisition:
1B. David exercised the right of requisition
2B. I’ve already told you that Persia exercised the right of requisition
3B. Rome exercised the right of requisition (Matthew 5.41)
4B. The Lord Jesus Christ exercised the right of requisition as a prophet
5B. He Demonstrated His Right Of Requisition As The King When He Entered Jerusalem (Matthew 21.2-3)
6B. He demonstrated His right of requisition as the high priest when He instituted the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22.7-13)
7B. But when He was carrying the cross to Calvary, and when His physical strength gave out, His right of requisition was denied Him. He could not direct a subject to carry His cross. Rather a foreigner was directed to carry it for Him, as a final indignity before His crucifixion (Mark 15.21)