JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
Lord Jesus, you were condemned to death for political expediency: be with those who are imposed for the convenience of the powerful. You were the victim of unbridled injustice: change the minds and motivations of oppressors and exploiters to your way of peace. To you, Jesus, innocent though condemned, be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
In this station we see Jesus, standing judged and condemned before Pilate, the mighty Roman ruler, for crimes he has not committed
In this place he stands with all who are judged, the innocent and the guilty, understanding what it is to be labelled, oppressed, condemned, by the powerful
Where do we see judgement in our society? In our neighbourhood? In our hearts? Who do we condemn or feel condemned by?
In seeing Jesus, bearing judgement to end the cycles of judgement would we feel and know release from condemnation that we too might have the courage to resist judgement and prejudice