The Parade

Joanna Fullner

READ : Luke 23:32-43

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death . . . (v. 32)

I thought a parade was coming to town. People were lined up along the road. Little children from the preschool were sitting in their tiny chairs along the sidewalk. But it was no parade that was coming to town this day. Rather it was the chilling sight of five criminals passing by on their way to the city outskirts to be executed. What were their crimes?

Our Chinese friends told us they were murderers and thieves, and perhaps they were. But there was something horrifying about the way they stood, each in the front of a large truck-bed full of soldiers. Their arms were bound behind them and a large pointed wooden stake tied to their back stated their name and crime.

I thought of what it must have been like for Jesus as he was paraded before the throngs of people. What were his crimes? I wondered if these condemned prisoners had ever heard about a God who loved them, who died a criminal’s death to save them. Were members of their families among the onlookers? The trucks rushed by, police sirens wailed, and I could only whisper: “May God have mercy on your souls!”

PRAYER

Lord, forgive me for my lack of passion for sharing your truth. Thank you for those who shared it with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.