This reflection was originally posted at Thrive80.com.
Jesus’ crucifixion probably began around 9am, lasting until about noon.
He was already maimed and torn by then.
Peter had already denied Him three times, forsaking His loving teacher, who had just encouraged Him with the words, “Peter, I have prayed for You.”
What thoughts were going through Your mind?
How heavy was the weight on Your shoulders as You struggled toward the Skull?
What heights of God’s wrath against sin were yet in store for You?
As You looked down at the gathered crowds,
at Your torturers,
at those who had abandoned You,
did You really pray, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing”?
As You, their long-awaited King and Messiah, died on their cross,
did You really look upon them in love and grace?
Yes, You did.
Do You really look upon us in love and grace?
Yes, You do.