Jesus died to save us
It is paradoxical that when Jesus was carrying the Cross in agony,
the Jews seeing that, at each step, Jesus was on the point of dying
(when they actually wished Him to die a humiliating and ignominious
death on the Cross), had no choice but to constrain Simon the Cyrenean
to bear the Cross, behind Him.
Jesus was a meek and humble Man. He spoke about Heavenly bliss and
Life after death. He revealed His union with God. He said there is
remission and forgiveness for our failings and set-backs. He pardoned
the sinners and wrong-doers.
He forgave the good thief on His right, hanging on a cross next to
Him. The bad thief on His left rebuffed Jesus and said: "Are you not the
Christ? You can save yourself and us. Then the good thief on the right
replied "do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of
condemnation? For, we are indeed justly receiving a due reward of our
deeds. But this Man has done nothing wrong." The thief on the right then
pleaded and said: "Jesus, remember me when you are in Heaven." And Jesus
replied: "Truly, I say to you. This day, you will be with Me in
Those barbarians feared exceedingly that Jesus would die on the way.
Jesus was bruised, scourged and crowned with thorns. He was unjustly
condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.
Jesus' flesh was torn by the scourging. He had also lost a great
quantity of blood. He could scarcely walk. His head was crowned with
thorns, and was bleeding profusely. Nevertheless, the Jews compelled Him
to carry the enormous load of the Cross on His shoulders. The soldiers
struck Him insolently and so, He fell down several times on the way.
Imagine the aggression and violence with which the executioners stripped
Jesus of His clothes because His inner garments were adhered to His torn
and ragged flesh. They dragged His clothes away so cruelly and violently
that His skin also came off with His garment.
We compassionate Jesus, Our Saviour. and curse those brutal villains
who so vulgarly treated Him.
The uncouth barbarians did not stop there; they fastened Him with
nails and lifted the Cross. Having been tortured and battered to the
extreme, they left Him to die with anguish and agony on the Cross.
Earlier, when He saw the daughters of Jerusalem weeping, He said to
them: "Don't weep for me, but for yourselves and for your children."
Jesus was crucified after a tormenting agony, hanging for three
protracted hours on the Cross. He at last, abandoned Himself to the
weight of His body, bowed His head and breathed His last and died. So
despondent and miserable was His death! We pity Him thus crucified on
the Cross! He died not in vain but to save us.
His disciples Joseph and Nicodemus took the body of Jesus from the
Cross and placed Him on the arms of His afflicted Mother Mary. She
pressed Him to her bosom with unutterable tenderness, compassion and
But Jesus who was buried, rose gloriously on the third day. His
resurrection is our unparalleled victory! Why? We can expect to merit
eternal life after our death, if we believe, love and serve Him. We as
grief-stricken sinners, ask Jesus Crucified to pardon our sins and we
beseech that by His Resurrection to make us rise triumphantly with Him
on the last day, to be always united with Him in Heaven, to praise and
love Him forever.
It's thus our perpetual wish and aspiration in this mundane life, to
merit Heaven someday.