Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stations of the Cross: Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Station Eight
Jesus is taken down from the Cross
John 19:31-42

All: Dear Heavenly Father, let Your goodness lead us to repentance. Let the heart of a Father displayed for us on Calvary so overwhelm us that we can only turn to you, laying aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set before us.

Leader:  "Will you work wonders for the dead?  Shall the dead arise and praise you?  Shall your loving-kindness be declared in the grave?  Or your faithfulness in the place of destruction?  Shall your wonders be known in the dark? And your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?”  (Psalm 88:11-12 NKJV) 

Such is the love of the Son, that He who once filled the hungry with good things is now empty Himself. He has grasped at nothing, kept nothing for Himself, to Himself. Everything He had to give for you and me has been poured out. As we gaze upon the empty shell of Jesus' body, we hear God speak from the deepest, emptiest places in our souls. "Fear not. I am even here, too."

Silent prayer

All: Dear Heavenly Father, I have rarely had the courage to look into the chasms of my own heart, afraid that I might fall in and never stop falling. As Mary receives Your Son's body, would you continue to speak, to confirm to me that there is no place that You are not?

Doug Young
Doug Young has been sculpting for almost thirty years. He's best known for sculpting Shoeless Joe JacksonGethsemane and The Patriot. His latest sculpture, Della Gillette, was unveiled in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on November 3, 2012.
His works are currently on display and for sale in his studio located in Taylors, South Carolina. He is available for commissioned work and private lessons.

Join him in his studio on the First Friday of every month.
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