After he was flogged, Jesus was forced to carry his own cross to the place he would be crucified. When Jesus became too tired, a man named Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry the cross. Two criminals were with Jesus and they were taken to a place called “The Skull” to be crucified.
Soldiers drove nails through Jesus’ hands and feet, and he hung on the cross while many watched and some insulted him. Jesus said to God, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” A sign was placed above his head that said, “The King of the Jews.” The soldiers gambled for the clothes Jesus had worn. Some people said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he really is God’s son!” But Jesus knew this was God’s plan for him to be crucified.
One of the criminals with Jesus said to him, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
When it was time for Jesus to die he said, “It is finished.” And he gave up his spirit and died.
Touch the nails in Jesus’ feet and think about his sacrifice of his body for you. Think about what other names or descriptions could have been written on the sign above Jesus’ head on the cross. Honor him by writing one of those titles on the sign nearby.
Jesus forgave the people who sinned against him and the people who wanted him dead. His death changed the world because he was the final sacrifice need to reconcile all people to our holy God. Jesus knows all our hearts. He wants us all to ask for forgiveness, then choose to follow him, so we can show what Jesus’ love means to others.
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