In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, upon the Cross for our salvation.
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The Crucifixion of Christ
As we have examined the Sorrowful mysteries of the most Holy Rosary and have followed Jesus in His Passion, we have seen how Jesus suffered for our salvation. During His Agony in the Garden, His sweat turned to drops of blood. He was unmercifully scourged with leather straps with sharp hooks on the end, which ripped His skin from His body. He was tortured and mocked by the Roman guards when they crowned Him with thorns and pretended to worship Him as a king. After enduring so much torment, He was forced to carry the heavy cross to His final place of execution, Golgotha (which means “place of the skull”).
Jesus was then forcibly pushed to lay down on the rough wooden cross, His hands were held outstretched, and He was nailed to the cross. As He hung on the cross, He spoke seven sets of words. These are known as the “The Seven Last Words.” These words are recounted in Sacred Scripture and are found throughout the four Gospels.
Catholics have meditated on the significance and meaning of Jesus’ seven last words from the Cross. These “words” are what Jesus uttered while He hung on the Cross in utmost pain and loneliness. Let’s examine them, investigate what they mean, and identify how they might fortify us during our lives whenever we have to bear our own crosses.
FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.
The Jews and Romans who put Jesus to death didn’t know who He was. They didn’t know that God’s plan called for Jesus, the Lamb of God, to be killed. The Lamb had to be sacrificed so that we wouldn’t have to experience the full punishment for our sins. In order to save us, Jesus chose to suffer and die. Someone had to pay for our sins, and Jesus took them on Himself.
AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, THIS DAY YOU SHALL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.
We know that Jesus was crucified with two thieves, one on each side. One of them joined the crowd in making fun of Jesus, but the other said that while they deserved their punishments, Jesus was innocent. He turned to Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me when You enter Your kingdom.”
Heaven’s gates had been locked since the fall of mankind. Now, because of Jesus, they would be open again. That day, the Good Thief was one of the first people allowed into Heaven. This is a reminder to us that no matter what we’ve done, we can always be forgiven.
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