Friday, April 22, 2011
Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others~~~one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
I cannot see a lovely setting of three blooms, especially around Easter, without thinking of the three crosses at Golgotha. Both of the men framing Jesus on their crosses were robbers, and deserved this death according to law. However, one of the men asked to be remembered when Jesus came into His kingdom. The other continued to hurl insults. Yet, Jesus died for all of us; not just the ones present at his side and the crowds calling for his crucifixion a short time before. Every one of us, even not yet born. All God's children.
Jesus was severely beaten, humiliated, betrayed, and nailed to a cross between thieves. In that physical condition GREAT LOVE was still able to speak these words:
"FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING."