Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station One – Jesus is condemned to die…
“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.”**
Standing before Pilate found sinlessly guilty Jesus silently hears the sentence – death by crucifixion. Expecting some type of reaction a hush falls over the room as all eyes focus on the condemned Savior. Showing no reaction Jesus turns his gaze toward the ceiling smiles and whispers one word, “Amen.” Then he patiently waits his fate he turns to face the angry mob he looks for one particular person, suddenly he stops and affixes his attention on the one he was looking for, YOU. As his eyes meet yours a sense of peace washes over you such as you’ve never felt before.
Jesus not only said, “yes,” to God he also said, “yes to YOU” As he stands mute he presents YOU with the only real gift he can give, himself. “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.”**
It has been hard for me to find the right words as I consider Jesus being condemned to die because I cannot do so without condemning myself as well. I remember one night in March of 1981 lying in a hospital bed of feeling my life slowly slipping away, “LORD” I prayed, “If I make it, it will only because of you.” I learned 35 years ago that Jesus is about life, not about death. I learned 35 years ago that Jesus died that I might have life. Now I live not for myself but for the one who gave me life.
God I hope you’ll accompany us to Station Two Jesus Carries His Cross.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.