Stations of the Cross Eleven – Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross

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Image source: photographed at the San Gabriel Mission Museum.

Mark 15:25-32
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him. (NRSV)

Derided him … mocking him … taunted him …

Some claimed they would “see and believe” if he would come down from the cross. That was not the plan. Instead, Jesus would die on the cross and be buried and a bigger miracle would take place: resurrection! He would not come down from the cross he would come out of the grave and up to the right hand of God in victory!

But before all that, he would be derided … mocked … taunted him … and suffer physically from crucifixion. We get our English word excruciate from crucifixion.

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The artist’s depiction of the scene is sparse. Six people conducting the crucifixion. Three witnesses to the scene.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
likely composed by African-American slaves in the 19th century

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