In the streets of Jerusalem, Jesus broke down under the burden of His heavy cross. It was too great a load for Him, especially since the Roman scourging had entirely exhausted His strength. It is intimated here that occasionally we cannot bear our cross by ourselves, but need someone to help us. The Romans forced a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, to help Christ carry the cross. Later on, the sons of this man (Alexander and Rufus) became active members of the church in Rome (Mark 15:21, Romans 16:13). All the house of Simon was blessed because he carried Jesus’ cross.When Jesus came to the place of crucifixion outside the city walls, He was offered a drink mixed with vinegar and bitter herbs which was intended to lessen the horrible sufferings of the cross. But He refused the drink because He wanted to bear our sins consciously in their fullest intensity.Some people believe that Simon of Cyrene was crucified in Jesus’ place. However, the analgesic drink was not brought to Simon but to Jesus Christ only, which indicates that He - not Simon - was the one who was scourged. It was Jesus, not Simon, who stood among the soldiers, smitten, despised, and wearing clothes stained with His blood.