March 29, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Philippians 3:7-11
In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp reminds us that there’s only one treasure: Jesus. May we all re-discover that truth during this diﬃcult time, and embrace it as our life-long, sacred, guiding reality! This is our 2nd week of streaming because of Corona Virus. The audio is from North Ridge Life's Facebook "Live" broadcast. If you want to see the complete video of the Sunday morning service, go to https://www.facebook.com/northridgelife/videos/668084070620208/ (copy and paste into your web browser address bar).
March 22, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-12
If someone were to ask you why God would allow us to be faced with a worldwide pandemic, what would you say? Pastor Marc Sharp brings us an insightful and encouraging word for the times we are in. We did not meet at the church building, so the audio has been extracted from North Ridge Life's Facebook "Live" broadcast. If you want to see the complete video of the Sunday morning service, go to https://www.facebook.com/northridgelife/videos/2530237250575715/ (copy and paste into your web browser address bar).
March 15, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Romans 11:33-36
In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp concludes our series on the 5 Solas: the 5 doctrinal aﬃrmations of the
church. Previous sermons discussed Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone, and Faith Alone. Today, the focus is on the last great guiding truth. “Soli Deo Gloria”. This is Latin for “to God alone be the glory”. This was a battle cry of the reformation. All creation exists to bring God glory, and while some now resist and even refuse, the day will come when their resistance will be shattered and every tongue will give God glory!
March 8, 2020 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Galatians 2:16
We are in a series called “The 5 Solas”, five statements of fundamental truth that guard all Christian theology. “Sola” is Latin for “alone”. The 5 Solas are Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone and to the Glory of God Alone. Every false doctrine that has inﬁltrated the church in two millennia springs from abandoning these truths. These 5 Solas are at the heart of everything we embrace as believers. Today Pastor David Walt considers the fourth truth - Sola Fide - Faith Alone. We’re saved by placing our faith in God’s love shown by Jesus on the cross. We’re made righteous by trusting him. Martin Luther said justiﬁcation by faith alone is “the article upon which the church stands or falls”!
March 1, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 10:21-24
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series on the “5 Solas”, 5 statements of fundamental truth that guard all
Christian theology. “Sola” is Latin for “alone”. The 5 Solas are Scripture alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone and to the Glory of God alone. Every false doctrine that has inﬁltrated the church in two millennia springs from abandoning these truths. These 5 Solas are at the heart of everything we embrace as believers. Today Pastor Marc considers the third truth - Sola Gratia - Grace Alone!
*NOTE: The audio has a few problems but evens out after about 6 minutes.
February 23, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Colossians 1:15-23
We are in a series called “The 5 Solas”. This refers to 5 aﬃrmations that deﬁne true Christian belief, and expose false teaching in it’s many forms. Last week Paul Landers spoke to us about “Sola Scriptura”- scripture alone is inspired (authored by God), inerrant (reliable, without error), clear, suﬃcient, and aﬃrmed by Christ. In today's message by Pastor Marc Sharp, the focus is on the centrality of Christ alone. That centrality is asserted by the Bible, God’s holy Word, and is vital to the life of the church corporately, and is the essence of being a true believer.
February 16, 2020 | By: Paul Landers | Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
In today's message, NRLC Elder Paul Landers continues the series on The 5 Solas with an in-depth look at scripture, the source of authority in the church. Get ready for some important church history in Paul's interesting and dynamic presentation about the scriptures.
February 9, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Galatians 1:3-10
Many in the Western world confuse the way things are with the ways things have always been; taking advances in medicine, transportation, and technology for granted. But the things we enjoy have occupied a small portion of human history. In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp begins a new series to examine Church history, so that we can look at where we’ve been to understand where we might be going, so we can correct our course. Could there be a cycle of “truth-error-correction” that the church experiences from time to time? If so, what shape does that cycle take? Where are we now in that cycle? We’re going to look at this in our walk through history over the next 5 weeks.
January 26, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Over the past 2 years, Pastor Marc Sharp has shared the elder’s insistence to take North Ridge Life Church in an ever-increasingly biblical direction, moving from a CEO/managerial model of eldership to a more pastoral one. Over a year ago, a vision was cast for deacon ministry at North Ridge Life Church. In today's special service, Pastor Marc shares a deeper understanding of what a biblical deacon is. Then, he and the elders of NRLC ordain Justin Kime as the first Lead Deacon of our congregation with special prayer for Justin and his wife, Landi.
January 19, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Psalms 139:13-18
For this "Sanctity of Life Sunday", Pastor Marc Sharp gives us another message of hope and redemption for mankind. Though God had created many awe-inspiring things, humanity would be his crowning achievement, for they alone bore God’s own image. Plus, he gave them his own eternal element - a “soul”. They would be more like him, and less like all the other living things that inhabit the earth. As his image-bearers, they would represent him to the rest of creation, for God himself had given them dominion over everything else he created. Do you realize that he gave you the same attention when he put you together in your mother’s womb? Human life is a display of God’s masterpiece! It is to be protected, and not destroyed.
January 12, 2020 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Ezra 8:24-30
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp brings a very important word to help us start the new year. What are our priorities for the new year, or for each day throughout EVERY year? Who are we? What do we treasure? What should be our number one priority? Listen to this vital and encouraging message!
December 29, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: John 18:33-38
Are you a citizen? You may or may not be a citizen of the United States, but if you are a Christ follower you are a citizen of God's heavenly kingdom, even while living on earth. In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp explains the meaning of this and challenges the Christian believer to be a faithful ambassador of Christ's kingdom to the lost and perishing foreign world in which we live.
December 22, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Revelation 12:1-6
Today's word is an uplifting message of hope by Pastor Marc Sharp that shows how the events set in motion by Christ’s first coming, while rooted in history, are divine in purpose, progressive in nature, cosmic in scope, and eternal in duration. May we all enjoy our celebrations (sharing gifts, breaking bread, connecting with family and friends), with a great sense of reﬂection and worship. And, may the gospel invade our Christmas, and God be gloriﬁed in all we do!
December 15, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 1:1-25
In today's sermon, Pastor Marc Sharp brings a wonderful message of hope for the Advent season. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, records the beginning of creation, including the origin of human sin, with the promise of redemption by God. Similarly, in the first book of the New Testament, Matthew chapter 1 shows us a new beginning for all of creation. The redemption of mankind is at the threshold, and a new King named Jesus is set to establish a new kingdom, in fact, the very Kingdom of God on earth!
December 8, 2019 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Matthew 8:28-34
Reverend Tom Hall delivers a very insightful and timely message concerning the authority of Jesus. Jesus is always in charge wherever He goes. How do we respond to His presence and authority? There is plenty in this message to meditate on as we head into the Christmas season.
December 1, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp delivers the last message in the series about the letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica. Paul opened these letters by saying “Grace to you and peace” . He will end with another reminder of grace, the source of all their hope and endurance. But before he signs oﬀ, he addresses a pressing issue in the church that jeopardizes their corporate peace and gospel success - many in their congregation are idle. Christians should be the hardest workers and be content without complaining, as though we are working for the Lord (because we are!).
November 24, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
In this next-to-the-last message about the letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica, Pastor Marc Sharp moves from Paul's description of the end times to his encouraging and thanking the Thessalonians for their continued faith and love for one another. Then Paul says “God chose you as the ﬁrstfruits to be saved”. We also have been chosen by God, not because of anything good we have ever done or ever will do. Paul says this happened even before creation, before we were conceived or the stars were hung in the sky. We stand in awe of a God who loves us like that!
November 17, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our series on the two books of Thessalonians as the author, the Apostle Paul, begins chapter two of the second book by clearing up remaining questions about the return of Jesus Christ. This is the 6th time in the 2 letters he has addressed the time of the end. He talks about great mysteries, yet not in great detail. Why? He also talks about a forged letter with false information claiming that Christ had already come, and they had somehow missed it. So Paul reminds them of what he had previously said concerning what must take place before the coming of the Lord. He points to 2 signs - a rebellion occurring and the appearance of a mysterious “man of lawlessness”.
November 10, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our series on the two letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica by opening the second letter, which was written shortly after the ﬁrst one. After the ﬁrst letter, Paul got word that some things were still unclear to them or had been intentionally distorted by people with bad intentions. And, there were reports of bad behavior that Paul addresses pastorally in the 2nd letter. He points them again to the coming of the Lord, and what it promises for both them and their wicked persecutors. God will surely balance the books!
Thessalonians, Part 13: The God of Peace Himself Sanctiﬁes Us Completely
November 3, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
After a 13-week journey, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses the close of 1st Thessalonians. In this letter to the believers at Thessalonica, Paul has reconnected with the Thessalonians, shared his ongoing love for them, commended them for their spiritual progress and love for one another, as well as the example they are setting for the other believers in their region. They have a lot to consider, so Paul selects his ﬁnal words carefully. If he were to give them one more spiritual “to do” item, they may become overwhelmed. But if he doesn’t keep holiness before them as the goal, they could start to conform to the culture around them. Sound familiar?
October 27, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Pastor Marc Sharp continues of our series about the letters Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. Paul has answered the questions about the return of Jesus, but instead of now writing a benediction, like we ﬁnd in Revelation, he ends with pastoral instructions about how to live as the Body of Christ. Why? Because, as believers, we must all survive and thrive in “enemy territory”!
Thessalonians, Part 11: God Has Not Destined Us For Wrath
October 20, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Today, in our ongoing series about the letters the apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the discussion about the second coming of Jesus. The Thessalonians naturally had questions about the return of Jesus. They wanted dates and a timeline. What should they expect, and when should they expect it? The Thessalonians were not unlike many Christians today. Books predicting the details and chronology of the end are often best-sellers . The disciples asked for the same details from Jesus. But Jesus didn’t give them the speciﬁc answers they asked for. Why? Why would he not be very specific about such a major event as his return?
Thessalonians, Part 10: Encourage Each Other with These Words
October 13, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Do you ever wonder if Jesus is really coming back? In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the discussion of the letters the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, revealing that the Bible is full of promises that Jesus will physically return to earth someday. The return of Christ is a guaranteed fact, it is the hope of our salvation, when everything will be made new, and the redemptive work of Christ ﬁnally completed. Christ’s return is the “happily ever after” of our story!
Thessalonians, Part 9: Love Each Other More and More
October 6, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
In today's message, we have a scripture reading by Caleb Daniel, and a special testimony from our missionary in Austria, Leslie Walt. Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series on the letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, teaching about brotherly love, the emphasis being on the way we relate to one another. To love each other is a constant refrain of the New Testament. It is God’s will that a state of deep aﬀection, service and commitment exist between members of his body for as long as there is a church. However, love is not natural to any of us. It is far easier to criticize, shove, and demand our own way than it is to love!
Thessalonians, Part 8: The Will of God is Your Sanctiﬁcation
September 29, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Previously, we learned that Paul spent the ﬁrst three chapters of Thessalonians rejoicing that the believers
continued in the faith, in spite of the persecution that they had been undergoing. In this next part of our series, Pastor Marc Sharp continues with Paul instructing the Thessalonians about how to live in Christ now that they are following him. He begins by urging the Thessalonians to be distinct by pursuing holiness. Paul placed a very high value on the evidence of a transformed life. He didn’t emphasize merely believing a set of facts about Christ and his work, but rather he was adamant that our belief must impact the way we live our lives. Did you know that to call Jesus “Lord” (the Greek is kyrios, meaning "master"), as Paul did, acknowledges that he possesses you as his own property, literally his slave?
Thessalonians, Pt 7: Growing in Discipleship and Love
September 22, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Pastor Marc Sharp continues today with Part 7 of our series on the books of Thessalonians, written by the apostle Paul to the believers at Thessalonica. There is nothing more discouraging to a believer than to watch someone they love as their faith fails. Paul had much joy when he heard that the Thessalonians were pressing forward in Christ, despite tribulation and persecution. He assures them that even he is not exempt from anything they are suﬀering, but that they are in this thing together. There is much to be said about laboring and suﬀering together, in some
form of community. Jesus planned a faithful community, confessing the same central truths, but with diﬀerent strengths and weaknesses so that we would help each other in 1,000 diﬀerent ways. This is one of the great beneﬁts of church life!
September 15, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our study on the letters the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians with what is, perhaps, an uncomfortable subject - tribulation and persecution. This is a central truth: If you are truly following Christ, you will not dodge the bullet of tribulation and persecution. Though the line between the two is often hard to discern, all will experience a little of both as we follow Jesus. What is the difference between them?
September 8, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the current series on the books of Thessalonians written by the apostle Paul. He had a strong (even emotional) urge to be with other believers, and valued the intimate connection that the gospel produced, but he had no opportunity to reunite with the church in Thessalonica. Today, we have frequent opportunities to gather with other believers in the church, but do we value them?
September 1, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series that is taking us verse by verse through the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. As Christians, we need to know what it is that we are to believe, and how we are to act in accordance with the belief we have embraced. Where do we ﬁnd answers to our questions? For the true believer, there is no other source of truth apart from the written Word of God, the Bible. What the Bible says trumps all public or personal opinion, competing interpretations and private revelations.
***NOTE: The audio is not available for this message.***
August 25, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Our series on the letters of Paul to the Thessalonians continues in this message by Pastor Marc Sharp describing Paul's defense of his ministry to the believers in Thessalonica. Like Paul, we must always strive to point people to Jesus, and away from ourselves, living exemplary lives, beyond reproach, so that people can see evidence of the gospel’s power and the Spirit’s work, and be drawn to it. A Christian T-Shirt or bumper sticker can’t ﬁx what’s broken with your daily, living testimony!
August 18, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the new series on the letters of Paul to the Thessalonians. We began in Acts 17, where we read the story of how Paul (along with Silas and Timothy) came to the city of Thessalonica in Macedonia (modern day Greece). Their preaching caused a riot to break out, causing them to flee to another city. How would you like to be so eﬀective in proclaiming the gospel that everywhere you went, civil unrest ensued, and you had to be whisked out of town in the dead of night? Follow with us the adventures of this band of brothers!
Thessalonians, Pt 1: Turning the World Upside-Down
August 11, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 17:1-10
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp begins a new series that will take us verse by verse through the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. These are marvelous, encouraging books that deal with the security of our salvation, the return of Christ, the Christian work-ethic, holy living, and many other things. The audio for this message is not available, but the sermon text in .pdf file format can be downloaded.
August 4, 2019 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Psalms 96:1-13
It’s common practice today for us to sing in church, but have you ever wondered why we sing? What’s the purpose of our singing? What do we seek to accomplish through our singing? Pastor David Walt brings a very important and uplifting message for the Body of Christ today.
July 28, 2019 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17
Today, Pastor David Walt concludes the series, "The Law of God" with the 10th and last commandment, "You shall not covet..." We've been studying what the 10 Commandments mean to us as Christ followers, people called to be holy, or set apart. Each commandment has been placed in a significant order, including this last one. What does it mean to covet? Does the word idolatry come to mind? How about contentment? Pastor David does a deep dive into our culture to bring clarity for believers.
July 21, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-16
Our current series, "The Law of God" (and how it relates to the followers of Jesus) continues today with part 10. Pastor Marc Sharp dives into the 9th Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. There is nothing so opposed to the nature and character of God as untruth. What about us? Do we ever distort the facts to avoid trouble with a spouse, a boss, a teacher or a cop? Do we withhold details or blatantly shift blame when we are wrong, even at the expense of others? Are we prone to exaggeration and one-upmanship to impress others with our stories? There is much to ponder regarding the 9th commandment!
July 14, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-15
Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the 8th commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments. Interestingly, when it comes to the 8th commandment, “You shall not steal”, it seems many more people are guilty of that crime than either murder or adultery. Many people casually steal without a second thought. The 8th commandment, however, doesn't just prohibit stealing really big things, but taking anything that is not mine in general. From home burglaries and armed robberies, to the seemingly petty but constant
trickle of small-time stealing by average joe’s, theft is a bigger problem than you might have previously imagined!
July 7, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-14
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the next commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments, "The Law of God". The seventh commandment is “You shall not commit adultery”. Though it applies to all of humanity, it emphasizes those with whom we are in the closest covenant. The way we obey or ignore this commandment has major ramiﬁcations, either stabilizing or destabilizing the societies we all share. But, what does Hollywood have to say about it? More importantly, what did Jesus have to say about it?
June 30, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-13
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 7. In our journey through the 10 Commandments, we have come past the halfway point to the 6th Commandment: “You shall not Murder”. The 6th commandment is the ﬁrst that clearly addresses how we are to relate to other human beings. Why is God so opposed to murder? What about war and abortion? Hear what God's word has to say!
The Law of God, Part 6: The Promise In Honoring Our Parents
June 23, 2019 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Exodus 20:12-12
Today, our guest speaker, Reverend Tom Hall, continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 6. The discussion of the Ten Commandments continues with the first command that has a promise as part of it. Many of us have struggled with this command to honor our parents for a variety of reasons. Listen as Tom brings great insight and spiritual revelation to an often misunderstood part of God's law and grace.
June 16, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Today is Father's Day, and Pastor Marc Sharp brings a very encouraging and challenging word, especially to men. It is said that we don't get to pick our parents and families. Who does the picking, or is it just some cosmic accident? Listen as Pastor Marc explains God's divine "picking" plan for you.
The Law of God, Part 5: Like a String Around My Finger
June 9, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-11
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the 4th commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments. It is the last commandment in the list that directly instructs us how we are to worship and relate to Yahweh God. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Maybe tie a string around your finger so you don't forget?
June 2, 2019 | By: Paul Brooks | Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Pastor Marc has been teaching a series on the Ten Commandments and how those aspects of the Law are still very relevant to the Christian life today. Today, we pause that series to bring you a special message from Pastoral Intern Paul Brooks where he plunges deeply into the gospel and the Siren Call of Christ for each of our lives. Are you afraid of "deep water"? Listen to Paul's description that it may just be the best place for you.
May 27, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-7
In today's message, Part 4 of our Law of God series, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the discussion of the Ten Commandments talking about what it means to "take" the name of God in vain. Hint: It's way more than just cussing! Using several real-life examples, Pastor Marc provides a very clear way of understanding and following commandment three.
May 19, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-6
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 3. The discussion of the Ten Commandments continues with a message about the difference between the first and second commandments. Have you ever thought about the similarity of the two and what separates their meaning? Do you have idols in your life, physical or otherwise? Even the best of things can become idols!
May 12, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:10-28
Pastor Marc Sharp brings an uplifting and encouraging word to all parents, especially mothers, on this special day of remembering and celebrating the call and privilege of motherhood. While mothers receive children as a blessing from the Lord, all godly parents must realize that our time with our kids is a temporary custodial assignment. What are you teaching your children? What should be your ultimate goal as a parent?
May 6, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 19:9-20:3
Last week, Pastor Marc Sharp began talking about the Law of God, and how believers should approach it. In today's message, Part 2, he continues building on that foundation by taking a look at the 10 Commandments, and what they mean in light of the gospel. As believers, what should we do when society rejects our Christian symbols and artifacts?
April 28, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20
It is impossible to understand the message of the Bible without seriously considering the Law of God. In many ways, the Bible is a book that is all about the law of God, and the relationship that humanity is to have with it. This can be a shocking statement to modern Christians. Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp discusses "Jesus And The Law". Did Jesus remove the burden of the law for us so that we don’t have to give its demands a second thought?
April 21, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Never has there been a group of people more disappointed than the followers of Jesus. They had pinned all of their hopes on him. How could he now be gone? They hoped now to slip away quietly, stay under the radar, and hopefully avoid a rendezvous with their own crosses. But as three of the women came to the tomb to embalm Jesus’ body, they asked one another, “Who will roll away the
stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp describes the most significant event in the history of mankind.
April 19, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 23:32-43
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our current series, “His Last Days”, on this Good Friday with Part 4. After a night ﬁlled with agonized, solitary prayer in an olive grove (prayer so intense that he was sweating blood); after being betrayed by one of his friends, denied by another, and abandoned by them all; after 4 trials before both the Jews and the Romans, after mockery that included being spit upon, punched, and crowned with a thorn branch; after being brutally whipped, leaving his back muscles lacerated to the bone, and causing a near fatal loss of blood, Christ is now commanded to carry the crossbeam of his cross uphill to the place where his death sentence will be carried out.