Jesus stands in the most human of places. He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured. Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death. His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps. He has said “yes” to God and placed his life in God’s hands. We follow him in this final surrender, and contemplate with reverence each place along the way, as he is broken and given for us.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
As I view the scene, I become moved by both outrage and gratitude. I look at Jesus. His face. The crown of thorns. The blood. His clothes stuck to the wounds on his back. Pilate washes his hands of the whole affair. Jesus’ hands are tied behind his back. This is for me. That I might be free. That I might have eternal life. As the journey begins I ask to be with Jesus. To follow his journey. I express my love and thanks.
Lord, help me to remember why you came to us and how we responded. O innocent Jesus, having sinned, I am guilty of eternal death, but you willingly accepted the unjust sentence of death, that I might live. For whom, then, shall I now live, if not for you, my Lord? If I desire to please others, then I can not be your servant. Grant me the courage and faith to live a life that please you. Give me grace to reach out to you in love and justice. Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.