March 2018

Imagine His pain. The heavy wooden beam of the cross hung across His lacerated and bleeding shoulders as the procession of the condemned Christ and His executioners began its slow journey from the Roman jail to His crucifixion site. The path snaked through the city and up the hill, an impossible journey for a wounded man with such a heavy burden. With enormous blood loss and in shock, Jesus stumbled and fell. When they arrived at Golgotha, the beam was placed on the ground and Jesus was thrown backward on top of it. His entire body pressed against the wooden stake. The soldiers stretched His arms out against the cross beam. The Roman soldier with the hammer grabbed His arm and dug into Jesus' wrist to locate the depression at the top of His hand. Once the executioner was satisfied he had found the spot, he drove a heavy, square, wrought iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood, ignoring the screams of pain. He moved to the other side and repeated the action. He Took Our Sin Imagine Jesus, turning His head toward the nail just as the soldier lifts the hammer to strike it. Imagine Jesus seeing the mallet, the nail, and...