Station Five: You Will Be with Me
Thursday, April 2
[image_frame style=”reflect_shadow” align=”left” alt=”Crucifixion, 1430. Hans von Tübingen” title=”Crucifixion, 1430. Hans von Tübingen” height=”466″ width=”320″]https://flcva.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TubingenCrucifixion.jpg[/image_frame]Reading: Luke: 23:26, 32 – 43
26As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Lord Jesus, worn down by fatigue and pain, you needed the help of a passing stranger: give us clear eyes and humble hearts to accept aid from unlikely helpers. You spoke words of love in your hour of death: help us to speak words of life to a dying world. To you, Jesus, who proclaimed the kingdom of God, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.