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Pastor's Blog
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Jesus Forgives the Thief on the Cross
Jesus Prays in the Garden
Peter Denies Jesus
The Last Supper
The Last Supper

Mark 14:22-24
22 While they were eating, He took
some bread, and after a blessing He
broke it, and gave it to them, and said,
"Take it; this is My body."   23 And
when He had taken a cup and given
thanks, He gave it to them, and they all
drank from it.  24 And He said to them,
"This is My blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many.

As Jesus stood at the table with His
disciples, he gave new meaning to the
ordinary. Bread became a symbol of
His broken body… the cup of wine
became His blood poured out for all of
us… so that we who are ordinary may
become extraordinary because of Him.
Jesus Prays in the Garden

Mark 14:32,36
32 Then they came to a place which
was named Gethsemane… 36 And He
said, “Abba, Father, all things are
possible for You. Take this cup away
from Me; nevertheless, not what I will,
but what You will.”

In the Garden as Jesus prayed in
anguish…sweating His life blood… His
desire was to do His Father’s will
above all things… even if it meant
dying an excruciating death. Jesus put
His own will aside so that in doing His
Abba’s will we would know life. As you
meditate at this station, reflect on what
Jesus’ anguish has brought to you.
Peter Denies Jesus

Matthew 26:74-75
74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do
not know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed.  75 And
Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, "Before the rooster crows,
you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.

Peter unfortunately is not alone in his denial of Christ. We have
made promises to the Lord that in our humanness have become
almost impossible to keep… when our unselfish intentions turn out to
be selfish, when we promise to live for God and end up instead living
for selves, denial… sadly as followers of Christ there are times when
we live as if we have never knew Him, denial… Peter wept for his
sin… But Jesus died for Peter and his denial, and his cowardice, and
his unforgiving heart, and all that separated him from the glory of
God, as He did for us, so that our tears like Peter’s would be turned
to Joy.
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

John 19:16-18
16 So he delivered him over to them to
be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17
and he went out, bearing his own
cross, to the place called the place of
a skull, which in Aramaic is called
Golgotha.  18 There they crucified him,
and with him two others, one on either
side, and Jesus between them.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the
LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he
shall never suffer the righteous to be
moved.

Nail your burden to the cross and trust
Jesus to answer your prayer.

As Jesus was nailed to the cross so
were the sins of the world. As you take
a nail and drive it into the cross, what
sin in your life was nailed to the cross
with Christ? If you desire, write it out
and nail it to the cross, and with each
stroke of the hammer be reminded that
as your sin was put on Jesus, it was
taken from you.
Jesus Forgives the Thief on the
Cross

Luke 23:42-43
42 And he said, "Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom."  
43 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to
you, today you will be with me in
Paradise."

The final prayer of the thief on the
cross was for Jesus to remember
him… the prayer was simple, but that
simple prayer became eternal life for
him with Jesus. The thief recognized
that he deserved death, like we all do
for our sins… but in the simplest
prayer to the one who died for those
sins… means we get to be in Paradise
with Jesus. If you have not yet made
that prayer to Christ you can.
Jesus Dies on the Cross

John 19:28-30
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the Scripture might be fulfilled… He said, "It is finished!" And
bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  

Jesus died on the cross with his arms spread out as if to embrace the
world with His Love.

Jesus died on the cross with His left hand pierced as if to say we are
no longer bound to the rages and evil passions of our heart (Red).

Jesus died on the cross with His feet pierced as if to say we are no
longer bound to the fear and despair that robs us of our Joy (Yellow).

Jesus died on the cross with His right hand pierced as if to say we
are no longer bound to our own human will, covetousness, and
jealousies (Green).

In the death of Christ we find our only Hope (Blue)
By Faith let us embrace our Lord Jesus for His life, His death, and His
Resurrection- Amen
Jesus
Contributing Artists
Lynn Cauble, Shilo Schilling, Shilo & Jerri
Schilling, Dale Cauble, Roxanna Price &
Donnis Lantz and Pastor Joel Fairley