12 Jesus dies on the cross
As soon as Jesus was baptised, he came up out of the water. The heaven was opened to him,
and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and alighting on him. Then a voice said
from heaven “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased” Matthew 3:16-17
As Jesus hung on the cross, he forgave the soldiers who had crucified him, and prayed for his
mother and friends. Jesus wanted all of us to be able to live forever with God, so he gave all he
had for us.
Jesus, let me take a few moments now to consider your love for me. Help me thank you for your
willingness to go to your death for me. Help me express my love for you!
We confess, Lord, that we sometimes look upon a cross, without recalling its meaning. We have
grown accustomed to the sight. When we are tempted to slide carelessly into sin, let us remember
the price you paid for our forgiveness. We pray for the many people in our world who despair and
are made ill, by guilt and failure. May they come to know that your compassion is waiting for them.