THE HARDEST CHOICE – Golgotha
Hours past and the sky starts to darken. Cornelius noticed a commotion at the trail that came to the top of execution hill. The guards were blocking the way of some women and a man. Then he recognized the mother of Jesus and John, the youngest of the Twelve, brother of James.
Cornelius approached them and ordered the soldier, “Let them pass. It’s the condemned man’s mother.”
As he guided them up, he whispered to John, “Where are the others doing?”
“Hiding, I believe.”
“Why is she here?”
John and Mariam came close to the cross. The other women held back and wept. It was such a strain on Mariam. Her legs weakened as she looked up at her son whose face was caked with dirt and blood, almost unrecognizable.
When Jesus then saw His mother, and John supporting her, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to John, “Behold, your mother!” [John 19:26,27]
The sky became even more darker and in the distance thunder can be heard. The crowd was thinning out. By Cornelius’ reckoning, it was around the ninth hour.
Then Jesus’ chest spasmed up and he shouted, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders heard what he shouted and they wondered if it was Elijah he was calling. And if so, will Elijah come and save him?
Jesus then called out again, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.” After he begged for a drink, he uttered one last time, “It is finished!”
The Praetorian centurion in charge was standing nearby as Cornelius went to confirm he was dead.
“He is dead,” Cornelius said.
“Certainly this man was innocent,” said the other centurion. “I was there when he was flogged. He made no sound, not even a whisper. I thought how brave he was but now, after watching all that had happened, truly this man was the son of the gods!”
Cornelius whispered to himself, “No… he was the Son of God.”
The story continues on in my next post.
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