The Eleventh Station
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
What do we do when we want to hang something up on the wall at home? Option 1 - Use a 3M hook (the kind you stick on and remove as you wish) if you do not intend for it to be permanent. Option 2 - Hammer a nail into the wall but this means you make a permanent hole there so you will not choose this option unless you are dead sure you are not going to change your mind later.
When Jesus was nailed to the cross, it wasn't just His body being fixed on but along with it is God's pledge of love for all of mankind, past, present and future. God's infinite love poured out upon us through Jesus Christ, the promised mercy and eternal salvation, can never be altered any more. The gift of friendship, the bridge across to God's infinity have been extended once and for all. All these, nailed to the cross in Jesus, have become God's everlasting covenant with Man.
See, the days are coming - it is Yahweh who speaks - when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel, but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors... They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master.
No one, absolutely no one, can ever break this new covenant that God has made with Man. Not by sin or death, by betrayal or even our denial of Jesus.
By our sins, we nailed Jesus to the cross. Yet, by His accepting to be hung up for all to see, He became the everlasting promise and evidence of God's love for us. That in times of fear and uncertainty, we may look up at Him and be assured of His love and saving help. What more can we ask for?
How much do you fall back upon this unalterable love God has for us in times of need?
When moved towards a deep awareness of how we have let God down through our sinfulness, do you remain in despair or trust in the infinite love God has fixed upon the cross for you?
REMAINING WITH JESUS
Reflecting more deeply on this eleventh station in the Way of the Cross, and
Knowing how God has made an everlasting covenant with us for our own sake, will you remain with Him at the place of crucifixion with gratitude and unwavering trust?