Then they led him out to crucify him.
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means ‘the place of the skull’). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.
Mark 15: 20b-27
There are few words to truly express how we feel today, Father.
- deep and profound sadness at the death of the best friend we could ever have.
- for the disciples – they had tried their best, even if they failed. They didn’t understand what was going to happen and for them this was the end.
- for Mary – being the mother of the Son of God was not ever going to be easy. But to watch him die in this way – we can hardly imagine worse suffering
- And we feel something of your sadness, Father – sadness that the people you created had strayed so far from your way that we needed him to come and die to bring us back.
- because it was our sin that led him to the cross – because it was for our sake that he died.
- that even knowing all that Jesus did for us, we still go our own way and need again and again to come to you for forgiveness.
- the guilt of Judas the betrayer, the guilt of Peter the coward, the guilt of Pilate, too weak to stand up to the Sanhedrin, the guilt of the Sanhedrin in their blindness.
- for your love – because you didn’t abandon us in our rebellion and foolishness.
- for the rescue plan that enables us to live in hope.
- that we know you through Jesus.
- for all that you are.