Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, ‘For whom are you looking?’ They answered, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’Jesus replied, ‘I am he.’
This window seemed cell like to me and made me think of those hours Jesus waited to be put on trial after his arrest.
Day 35: John 18:12-25 Peter denies Jesus
'Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, ‘You are not also one of his disciples, are you?’ He denied it and said, ‘I am not.’ One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, ‘Did I not see you in the garden with him?’ Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.'
By the warmth of the fire Peter denies knowing Jesus just as he has promised he would never do. It is all the more amazing to read this knowing that Peter went on to be one of the most important founders in the early church so soon after this incident.
Day 36: John 18:28-40 Jesus is sentenced to death
'After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ‘I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ They shouted in reply, ‘Not this man, but Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas was a bandit.'
This window of people carrying planks of wood reminded me that we all have a part in this moment.
Day 37: John 19: 1-16 Jesus is beaten
'Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and striking him on the face.'
Day 38: John 19: 19-37 Jesus is crucified
'There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them......he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'