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An Introduction to the Way of the Cross

An Introduction to the Way of the Cross

The climax to Lent is Good Friday. On the Cross we return to the temptations; “if you are the Son of God, come down from the Cross” (Mt 27 vv 30-44) – which echoes the temptation on the pinnacle of the temple “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here” (Lk 4:9). The common theme of the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness is that they are all temptations to misuse power. The passers-by mocked Jesus nailed to the cross. A God of power should demonstrate the sort of power people would understand: “if you are the Son of God, come down from the Cross.” In the story of the Temptations Jesus has been challenged to prove his divine status by performing some mighty and miraculous act. He had refused. Helpless on the cross, Jesus declines the same temptation despite the taunt that he who saved… Read more