Friday, March 21, 2008

Station 10

Jesus is crucified

Luke 23:33-34

When they came to the place with the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.


Please place your hands or your feet on the nails as you meditate at this station.


We can only imagine the suffering Christ endured.

In Roman culture, crucifixion was considered the most painful and horrible way to die.

People often suffered for days as they languished in agony, exhausted from holding themselves up to ease the pain raging in their hands, struggling to breathe as their lungs filled with fluid.

Crucifixion was merciless and cruel.

And yet, out of love, God allowed God’s self to be murdered in such a way so as to save us from darkness, sin, and death.

God, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the one born of the Virgin Mary, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes, the one who studied and learned in the temples, who exorcised demons, and performed miracles of wellness and bounty, Emmanuel, God in the flesh, suffered in the flesh for our sake.

Christ bled for you.

Christ endured for you.

Christ suffered for you.

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