Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross

April 16, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

The Thirteenth Station of the Cross
Lent Challenge 13

When the lifeless body of Jesus was removed from the cross, the sorrow in the hearts of his friends must have been great. Did they know that this was all part of God’s plan? Did they see his weakness as true strength? Did they realize that he would rise from the dead and change the world? When grief is so new and so harsh, what you know or hope for is of little consolation. For now, their teacher, their friend, and their Messiah was gone.

It is easy to get tangled up in the world and lose sight of that which is eternal. The emotions and feelings we have in any given situation are gifts from God. Some would say we are most alive when we are in grief. However, it is also the ability to move from that point to a point of hope that makes us human.

Who is God calling us to help move from grief to hope? Have we failed to place our trust in God and remain entrenched in despair? Let us never forget Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “For what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor 4:18).



Lord Jesus Christ,
make me an instrument of hope for those who despair.
Make me a channel of your light for those in darkness.
Set my eyes on what is eternal: your love and grace.
May my actions always point others
toward you and your kingdom.



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