(26-43) The Crucifixion
The soldiers who were escorting Jesus grabbed Simon of Cyrene and forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Christ does not force anyone to take up a cross, but all who would follow Him are required to do so. Before we can follow Him into Paradise, we must first follow Him to the place that is called The Skull and be crucified with Him so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ in us.
Despite being in great agony, Jesus remained concerned about others. On His way to the cross and while hanging on the cross, He sought to comfort the women who were mourning and lamenting for Him. He forgave those who mocked and scoffed at Him. He assured the repentant criminal that salvation was his and that he had a place in Paradise upon his death.
Favorite verse: (43) And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”