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Stations of The Cross

Third Station: Jesus falls for the first time beneath the Cross

The soldiers took him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole Roman cohort.

They dressed him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on him; and they began to acclaim him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

The procession moves out of the city gate. Jesus was unsteady on His feet and the soldiers were pushing. They kept beating his head with a reed, and spitting on him, and kneeling and bowing before him.

After they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off him and put his own garments on him. And they led him out to crucify him. Mark 15: 16-20.

The Cross was light and sweet to Him, but our sins made it so heavy and hard to carry.

Jesus is exhausted, weakened by his treatment from the soldiers and trembling under the weight of the cross. Suddenly, He buckles and falls, the cross upon Him, His wounds ripped open.

The soldiers are upon Him in an instant, pulling Him painfully to His feet. Within seconds the procession's moving again.


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