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Third Station – Jesus Falls For The First Time

The weight of the cross must have been immense. Maybe it’s not so much the weight but the discomfort it brings upon his shoulders and a back already bruised, beaten and torn by soldiers who saw him as the object of their fun. It is not the easiest of journeys and Jesus bears his load across the rough and unwelcoming road that leads to his Calvary. But we forget the noise of the jeering crowd, the pushing, the shoving, and the soldiers whipping him onwards. All these ‘distractions’ along a journey that demands of him his total commitment cause him to lose his footing, and he falls. How many of those watching from the sides would willingly have rushed out to support him who had supported them in their falls? It is only fear that holds them back, lest his fate become theirs also. In the dust of the earth, he rests, only to pick himself up and move onwards.

These falls of Jesus remind us so readily of our own falls. Some come our way because we are burdened by life’s cares and worries. Others come our way because we lose sight of the need to be rooted in God and anchored in him. We fall because of our vanity, our selfishness, and our pride. But does the Lord simply stand at the side and gaze on? No! From the dust, he lifts us up. ‘Come to me,’ he says, ‘you that are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.’ How we need to hear those words when we are so in need, yet how we feel we must go it alone.

Lord, you know my weaknesses and you know where I stumble. Give me the strength to rely on you and to walk in your steps. Give me courage when I am weighed down and when I feel overwhelmed by what I bear. When I fall, give me the confidence to trust in your mercy, in your love, and in your promise.

I love Thee, Jesus; my love above all things;
I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee.
Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again.
Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

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