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Stations of The Cross

Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross

When they came to the place called the Skull, Golgotha, the soldiers grab Jesus and lie Him face up on the cross, stretching out His arms. They hold His wrist and hand to the wood and press a nail into it until it stabs His flesh. Then, with a heavy hammer blow, drive it through.

The pain bursts like a bomb. They do the same with the other arm and once again the pain explodes.

Have you even seen flesh torn by a knife? or a sword? or a nail? Nerves are sheared, blood vessels scraped or torn, flesh rent in two. The pain is incredible.

Most people were tied to crosses and left to die. Jesus' executioners were taking no chances. They wanted to make sure that He could not be saved by any of His friends, that He could not escape.

Raising His knees so that His feet would lie flat, they hammer the spikes into them. Each hammer blow drove the metal spikes into His flesh breaking arteries and splintering bones. The pain was unbearable. He was nearly senseless. It was done, Jesus was nailed to the cross.

The criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Luke 23: 33-34.

 

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