Jesus and the two thieves
The soldiers mocked Jesus and put a crown of thorns on His head. Jesus was then taken to a place, outside the city wall, called Calvary and crucified along with two thieves, on wooden crosses. The soldiers hung a sign above the head of Jesus which stated in Hebrew, Greek and Latin “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”.
One of the thieves blasphemed Jesus, but the other thief rebuked the thief saying “we deserve our punishment, but this man is innocent” and then he said to Jesus, “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)
Here at the entrance to Squires Road we have a green hill with three trees on it. In amongst the middle tree we can see a sign that says in Latin “Jesus King of the Jews” and a crown of thorns. These depict the cross that Jesus was crucified on.
In amongst the two trees, either side of the middle tree, we can see some black chains. The thieves may have been chained up in prison before their crucifixion. So, the chains in these trees depict the crosses that the thieves were crucified on.
They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, “the place of the skull”). They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15.23-24, 33-39