During the Sundays in Lent, we will meditate on the five ways in which Jesus Christ was physically wounded (in chronological order). The Romans were known not only for their excessive use of capital punishment, but also for their advanced skill at torturing people. Jesus experienced the full intensity of their rule of law, or the Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”), and so we will follow his experiences to examine what each of them mean for our daily lives. How is our faith affected by a flagellum, a crown of thorns, a set of nails, another nail, and a spear? How do these things apply to living life today?
This week, the third sacred wound of Christ occurred when the Romans nailed Jesus’ wrists into the cross. Roman nails reveal the ultimate powerlessness of those things that devalue our lives and prevent us from experiencing our God-given purposes.
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