It was not nails that held Him there…

There stands the man who healed the sick and taught the uneducated.

There stands the man who fed 5000+ with 5 loaves and two fish.

There stands the man who calmed the storm and defeated temptation.

There stands the man who told stories and encouraged the weak.

There stands the man who welcomed women, children and incomers.

There stands the man who brought life to widows, children and brother Lazarus.

There stands the man who challenged unhelpful religious doctrine and called God Father.   

Here we stand joining with the mockers and detractors. 

Here we stand joining with the angry religious leaders.

Here we stand shouting “crucify him”.   

Now we stand idly by as Judas receives his payment. 

Now we stand idly by as Pilate washes his hands. 

Now we stand idly by as Peter denies his friend 3 times.

Now we stand idly by as all the friends run away.

Now we stand idly by as the purple robe is placed upon his shoulders.

Now we stand idly by as the crown of thorns is pulled down on his head.

We turn away as the blows reign down on his body.

We turn away as the soldiers mock and spit.

We turn away as the beam is laid across his shoulders.

We turn away as he trudges under its weight to the hill of crucifixion.

We turn away as the nails are hammered in – first wrist, second wrist, ankles.    We stand and watch as the cross is lifted and he hangs there, in the middle.  

We stand and watch as the sky darkens.  

We stand and watch as he cries: “Father, I give you my life”. 

We stand and watch as he breathes his last.  

The man who brought life gave his life for the life of us all. It was not the nails that held Jesus Christ, God’s only Son to the cross but love – pure unconditional love.   For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son that whosoever believes in him will not die but have everlasting life.   

We hang our heads in shame, sorrow and wonder when the soldier praised God and said: “Surely this was a good man.” 

Written by Sarah Ross

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