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The Crucifixion: Stations 11 & 12

by Melinda Creech, Guest Blogger for Lent

Station 11

“A hammer’s blow consigned you to your fate” remembers the eleventh Station of the Cross. The gospels do not specifically say that Jesus was nailed to the cross, but Thomas says after he misses Jesus’s appearance to the disciples: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Peter also accuses the Jews during his Pentecost sermon by saying “and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross” (Acts 2: 23).

We are told in Mark 6:3 that Jesus was a carpenter. Hammers and nails would have been the tools of his trade. How ironic that they would be used to pierce his own flesh.

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