O Lord, you suffered death on a cross
after Pilate washed his hands of your case
and religious authorities condemned you.
Soldiers mocked you, and you were made
to carry your own cross.
Yet, you did not resist
but offered yourself as a sacrifice
for the sins of the world.
It takes my breath away
to think of such selfless love.
Thank you, Lord, for your gift of love that
frees us from the power of sin. Amen.

John 18:36-37:
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross


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