On the one hand, it was a frightening place to be. It was the commanding centurion who understood the awful predicament. He said, “Truly, this was the Son of God. “(v. 54) They had killed the Son of God, and at any moment the wrath of God could come down upon them with its full force. What was holding God back?
On the other hand, it was a place of tender devotion. A small group of women had faithfully supported Jesus through his ministry. Now they stood at the edge of the crowd filled with sorrow as they saw the end of their beloved Master.
The same hymn writer said, “Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble.” Indeed, the foot of the cross is a place that causes us to tremble. As we share the bread and the cup let us return to that awful place with our own tender devotion.