A Blogged Bible Study entry for John 19:
I don’t like watching the crucifixion. Well, I suppose no one likes it. It hurts too much, so I tend to close my eyes. I made myself watch many clips before choosing the one below. It reminded me of what it means to embrace the cross.
Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him…Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”
They cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!”
Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority…” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given to you from above…”
They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out , bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull…Golgotha.
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Then He said to the crowd,
“If any of you wants to be My follower,
You must put aside your selfish ambition,
Shoulder your cross daily, and follow Me.
My aim is to know Him,
To experience the power of His resurrection,
To share in His sufferings,
And to be like Him in His death,
And so, somehow,
To attain to the resurrection from the dead.