Word went out in an instant. In the street below the fortress jubilation was evident. They were patting each other on the shoulder. They had succeeded in getting rid of another uncomfortable preacher. They now had to wait a few more hours and it will be settled once and for all. See also Via Dolorosa and the First Station.
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Word went out to all corners of the city that the Romans were preparing to execute three persons, amongst them the preacher of Galilee. Sure enough there where those who were stunned by the news. There were those who could not believe this news thinking it was some gossip propagated by their means of communication.
But there were those who were terrified at the news. They were in hiding. If they were going to kill him, their leader, in a short while it might be their turn. On the outskirts of the city Peter was crying his heart out after denying his master for three times.
In despair Judas came back to to elders of the city to return them their money. He was wrong. He thought that he could buy back the master. But his master was already sold to the Roman legions. Judas was in despair and ran away to meet his death!
In the courtyard of the fortress all the necessary preparations were carried out. The two thieves were brought in and together with Jesus handed the cross-beam to carry. The stage is set. The solemn procession can start!
And Jesus “carrying his own cross” (Jn 19,17) starts his “Way of the Cross”. The gates of the fortress are opened. The soldiers come out and with them the condemned prisoners. Jesus is weak and he can hardly stand on his own feet. But with great dignity he comes out of the fortress.
On his left he gazes to see again the perimeter walls of the Temple and in front of him the road leading to the gate outside the city. On the road sides there were many smilig faces. The bribed ones had made some money. The elders had won their “battle”.
And Jesus looked them straight in the eyes. He was not asking to be pitied. He had no time for this. He was preoccupied that he had to accomplish his mission to the end. He was aware that “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” and he had “not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Lk 3,31-32).
Looking at them he realized that he was “destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed” (Lk 2,34-35).