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.
Mary and John, stayed at the foot of the cross and prayed.
Jesus looked down and said to his mother "Dear woman, here is your son"(John 19:26) and to John "Here is your mother" (John 19:27)
Even at this terrible time, he was taking care of his mother.
The sky was dark.
Jesus said "I am thirsty". (John 19:28) A soldier offered him wine mixed with vinegar.
The two thieves that were crucified beside Him, talked to Him.
Looking at one of them he said, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43).
Jesus said, "EIi, Ebi, lama sabachthani? - My God, my God, why have you
forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)
Then he said "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46)
A few moments later He said, "It is finished"
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.
Dear Jesus, death is hard for us to understand. Remind us always that faith will carry us through our losses.
Mary, help me to see Jesus in all things.
Almighty Father, Help me to understand Jesus' death. Help me to understand the love Jesus has for me. This I ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen