(Mar 15:21) And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. (Mat 27:32) And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. (Luk 23:26) And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear [it] after Jesus. (Joh 19:17) And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called [the place] of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: I have always assumed that Jesus started out, then fell, and then Simon carried it the rest of the way. Am i wrong? Someone told me that the only cross Jesus bore was a spiritual one. That Simon bore the physical one. I have also heard that Simon only helped carry the cross (based on the word "after" in luke 23.) And was it the whole Cross, or the horizontal beam, or was it the vertical beam. Could Jesus have carried, say, the horizontal, while Simon carried the vertical. The answer probably makes no difference. But I have heard that it would be blashemy to say that Jesus fell under the weight of the cross.