Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Friday, March 22, 2013

Ninth Station

Once again, believe it or not, I cannot get this photo to rotate into the proper position...sorry!
Another narrow passage way, like the narrow streets of Jerusalem, below

The Ninth Station:  Jesus Falls the Third Time.

1. This last fall is devastating.  Jesus can barely proceed to the end.  Summoning all this remaining strength, supported by his inner trust in God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross.  His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves.  They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion.

2. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

3. I pause to contemplate him there on the ground. The brokeness that makes me whole.  The surrender that gives me life.
I pause to experience and receive how completely he loves me. He is indeed completely poured out for me.

4. As I treasure this gifted experience, I express what is in my heart.

5. "Jesus replied: 'I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow today until you have three times denied that you know Me.'" —Luke 22:34
"A third time Jesus asked him, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was hurt because He had asked a third time, 'Do you love Me?' so he said to Him: 'Lord, you know everything. You know well that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed My sheep.'" —John 21:17
"Those who accepted his message were baptized; some three thousand were added that day." —Acts 2:41
"He will revive us after two days; on the third day He will raise us up." —Hosea 6:2

Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You. Thank You, Jesus for rising from the third fall and rising on the third day. May I be transformed by my faith that You will raise me from the dead.


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