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Stations of The Cross

Twelfth Station:  Jesus dies on the Cross

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun.

As Pilate had ordered, a soldier placed, above Jesus' head, a notice reading 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews' (John 19:20) The cross was hoisted into place.

Jesus' mother, accompanied by John, stayed near and prayed.  Jesus looked down, seeing them and whispered to His mother, "Woman, behold your son" (John 19:26) and to John, "Behold your mother" (John 19:27)

Time passed slowly, three hours of agonizing pain. The sky was dark.

Jesus said, "I am thirsty." (John 19:28) A soldier offered him wind mixed with myrrh. The two that were crucified beside Him talked to Him. Looking at one of them He said, "I tell you this in truth, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43) Then, Jesus screamed aloud "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? - My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46) Those under the cross heard Him whisper, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit. (Luke 23:46)

A few moments later He said, "It is finished." With that, He breathed His last. At that instant, the earth shook, rocks split, the curtain in the temple ripped from top to bottom. The centurion guarding Jesus saw the earth quake and said, "Surely, He was the Son of God." (Matthew 27:54) Jesus died at 3 p.m., on the Cross at Calvary.

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