When approaching Groom, TX from the west on I-40, you will see this looming cross on the South side of the highway. It stands 190 feet high and is visible form 20 miles away. The cross and accompanying stations were erected in 1995 by Steve Thomas of Pampas, TX. The cross was built on private property to avoid any legal issues with the ACLU. Truly an awesome testimony of one’s faith. To see detail, click on each photo.
Station 1 – Jesus Is Condemned To Death
Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” They shouted louder, “Crucify Him.” Mark 15:14
Pilate called for water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, declaring, “I am innocent of the blood of this just man.” Matthew 27:24
Station 2 – Jesus Carries His Cross
“He emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of man.” Philippians 2:7
Station 3 – Jesus Falls The First Time
“I looked about, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that there was no one to lend support.” Isaiah 63:5
Station 4 – Jesus Meets His Mother
“For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness, all ages to come shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:48
“She gave birth to a Son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.” Revelation 12:5
Station 5 – Simon Helps Jesus
“A man called Simon of Cyrene was coming in from the fields and they pressed him into service to carry the cross.” Mark 15:21
Station 6 – Veronica Wipes The Faces Of Jesus
“Then the righteous will answer him and say, “Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you drink?” Matthew 25:37
Station 7 – Jesus Falls The Second Time
“He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds we have been healed.” 1st Peter 2:24
Station 8 – Jesus Comforts The Women Of Jerusalem
A great crowd followed him. Including women who lamented over him. Jesus said to them, “Do not weep for me, weep for yourselves and your children.” Luke 23:27-28
Station 9 – Jesus Falls The Third Time
“I am like water poured out, all my bones are racked… my throat is dried up like dried clay. My tongue cleaves to my jaws: to the dust of death you have brought me down.” Psalms 22:15-16
Station 10 – Jesus is Stripped Of His Garments
“They took his garments and divided them four ways. A share for each soldier.” John 19:23
“They divided my garments among them. And for my vesture they cast lots.” Psalms 22:19
Station 11 – Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross
“Indeed, many dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me, they have pierced my hands and my feet, I can count all my bones.” Psalm 22:17-19
Station 12 – Jesus Is Crucified And Dies On The Cross For Our Sins
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the son of man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:14, 16
Station 13 – Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross
They shall look on Him whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son. Zachariah 12:10
In this photo of the last supper, the table top is about 4″ thick, 40″ wide and 24 feet long and is made from one piece of wood.
All statues are life size and are highly detailed. It has been estimated that 10 million people pass by on I-40 annually and several hundred people stop by each day. Many of those are repeat visitors.
I’ll continue today’s journey on the next blog post. This will give you time to ponder the Cross of Christ.
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