|Purred: Fri Mar 29, '13 8:45pm PST |
|Fourth Station - The Cross
And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise
In life we are always living on the center of a set of scales. On the cross Jesus was balanced between one who would mock him and one who showed kindess. We live a balancing act in which our actions, words and thoughts will tip our scales one way or the other.
We know you gave us Jesus to be the scales in our life. To the last you showed us your love and kindness in the words of the theif who asked forgiveness. Help us see the way to reset the scales when we have tipped to far to the wrong. And to learn from that so that we might better know how to tip the balance to the good.
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