As we come to the First Station of the Cross we are confronted head-on with a divine reversal. God turns everything we hold so precious upside down. All the things we hold so dear—wealth, power, security—are replaced by a crown of thorns. It is here at the First Station of the Cross that we see the divine reversal as God’s Son wears a crown of thorns. We will ask ourselves during these fourteen Stations of the Cross whether we are willing to be disciples of Jesus. How willing are we to wear a crown of thorns?
~ John Peterson, A Walk in Jerusalem
The First Station
Jesus is condemned to death We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. God did not spare his own Son:
But delivered him up for us all.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.