Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed. [Isaiah 55.3]

Jesus has been beaten and tortured, forced to carry his heavy cross. The weight is unbearable; exhausted and weakened through loss of blood, he falls to the ground. The soldiers roughly pull him up.


My soul is distracted and troubled, Lord Jesus. I did not rush forward to help you. Why did I ignore you? Was I too full of my own pain and hurt? As you turn to look at me, I see how you sense my own weakness, my tiredness and my defeat. I gladly accept your healing love and give thanks for your strength to help me carry on.


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