Station 2: Jesus Takes up the Cross

Mark 15: 20

After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

Station 2: Jesus Takes up the Cross

What Wondrous Love Is This, (St. Olaf Choir), Anton Armstrong - Director [3:23]

  1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this O my soul? What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
  2. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, when I was sinking down, when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!
  3. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing, to God and to the Lamb, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM, will millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing.

It wasn’t enough to crucify him. Before the nails were driven, he was made to carry the very means by which he would die. Already beaten and bloody, standing would have been difficult. The weight of the cross he took up was like the weight of the world’s pain, the weight of its sin. And so, he carried it.


Prayer:

Merciful God, we are so often weighed down by our own sin, and the pain that it causes us and others. In taking up the cross, you have shown your willingness to unburden us from this weight that we might know ourselves forgiven and set free. Amen.