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The Stations of the Cross 1. Jesus Prays Alone He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “ Pray that you may not come into the time of trial. ” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “ Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done. ” [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.] When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “ Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial. ” (Luke 22: 39-46)

2. Jesus is Arrested While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" (Luke 22:47-48)

3. The Sanhedrin Tries Jesus When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, “ If you are the Messiah, tell us. ” He replied, “ If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. ” All of them asked, “ Are you, then, the Son of God? ” He said to them, “ You say that I am. ” Then they said, “ W hat further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips! ” (Luke 22:66-71)

4. Pilate Tries Jesus and Condemns Him to Die Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “ You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him. ” Then they all shouted out together, “ Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us! ” (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, “ Crucify, crucify him! ” A third time he said to them, “ Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him. ” But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished. (Luke 23:13-25) Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You say so." But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?" But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. . . . So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." . . . and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. (Matt 27:11-14, 24, 26b)

5. Jesus Wears the Crown of Thorns Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. (Matthew 27:27-31)

6. Jesus Carries His Cross Carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. (John 19:17)

7. Simon Helps Carry the Cross They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. (Mark 15:21)

8. Jesus Speaks to the Women A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?" (Luke 23:27-31)

Provided by Nancy Kane, Moody Bible Institute. Midday Connection www.midayconnection.org / midday@moody.edu


9. Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take. 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. (Mark 15:23-32)

10. Criminals Speak to Jesus One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “ Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us! ” But the other rebuked him, saying, “ Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong. ” Then he said, “ Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” He replied, “ Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise. ” (Luke 23:39-43)

11. Jesus Cares for His Mother And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19:25-27)

12. Jesus Cries Out From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:45-47).

13. Jesus Dies on the Cross It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “ Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! ” And having said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46)

14. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. (Luke 23:50-54)

Provided by Nancy Kane, Moody Bible Institute. Midday Connection www.midayconnection.org / midday@moody.edu


Stations of the Cross