Monday, March 30, 2015

Stations of the Cross (10)

Jesus is crucified (Luke 23:33, 34, 47)

Luke 23:33,34, 47 (NIV84)
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots …47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

The journey was at an end.
Jesus was quickly thrown backward
with his shoulders against the wood.
The soldier felt for the depression at the front of the wrist;
he drove a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood.
Quickly he moved to the other side and repeated the action,
being careful not to pull the arms too tightly.
The left foot was pressed backward against the right foot.
With both feet extended, toes down,
a nail was driven through the arch of each,
leaving the knees moderately flexed.
The victim was now crucified.
 ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’
He is our peace.

The soldiers hoisted Your cross on high.
You were their prisoner;
but no one took Your life away from You.
You gave it willingly, freely.
It was love that held You there.
It was love that held You there.

You were lifted high upon that cross,
even as You had prophesied when You promised;
‘I, if I be lifted up from the earth,
will draw all people to Me.’
It was love that held You there.
It was love that held You there.


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