It is a difficult thing indeed to accept the cross; it goes against human nature to desire to suffer. Christ took two names when He came to earth- Emmanuel and Jesus. The former meaning "God with us" and the latter "God saves". Christ came to earth to be with us, to live among us and experience our joys and our sorrows, and to teach us that through those sorrows we can be saved.
As He endured the terrible blows at the pillar, He suffered along with faithful spouses and innocent children who endure the consequences of the sins of the flesh. As He sat silently, feeling the piercing thorns, hearing the mocking laughter, being badgered by the many blows and spittle of the soldiers, He suffered along with men who would be belittled by those exercising power over them, men who endure the many humiliations that attend the role as provider. As He slowly plodded the path up Calvary hill, He suffered along with parents and spouses who must patiently, month after month, year after year, care for a sick or difficult to understand loved one. As He hung on the Cross, and gave away His closest companion, His dear Mother, He suffered the loneliness that so many feel as widows, as abandoned spouses, as those who feel unloved.
Christ, as the Man of Sorrows, did not only suffer for the sins of men but also suffered to experience the pain, the anguish, the loneliness that so many would endure. Persecutors often mocked the martyrs saying, "Where is your God now?" to which they would silently reply, "He is with me, suffering as I am."