Centuries ago, Christian pilgrims began going to Jerusalem and retracing the steps of Jesus as he carried the cross to his death. At each place where a significant happening in Christ’s passion took place, Christians would stop, pray, sing and remember what Jesus suffered.
The pathway that many believe Jesus may have traveled with his cross in Jerusalem is called the Via Dolorosa.
Because most of the world could not go to Jerusalem for Holy Week, churches began posting paintings and depictions of the life of Christ that corresponded to the various stations so that believers could make the same devotional journey wherever they were.
Today, many churches have artistic works of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion so that Christians can prayerfully follow the path.
This devotional practice has come to be known as the Stations of the Cross. We will do the stations on Good Friday evening, April 18, at 7 PM in our sanctuary.
With visual imagery, silence, prayer, music and Scripture, we will reflect on Christ’s final hours and the cross.
The Stations of the Cross are a way to remember and draw close to Christ’s suffering and death for us. And it is a profound way to get ready for the celebration of his Resurrection three days later.
Too many people rush right past the suffering of Christ and move to his rising, missing the impact that his death has for our faith.
Traditionally, there are fourteen stations. Some stations in the traditional fourteen have no reference in Scripture. The stations that I am preparing for us will all come from biblical references.
Moving through the Stations of the Cross can be helpful in our personal journeys of commitment to God, our growth as a community of faith, and as we mature from self-focused people to Christ-focused people.
As you move through the Stations, you may find something of your own journey of faith captured in Christ’s journey. We may not literally carry and die on a cross, but if we are honest, much of our life is under the shadow of the cross of our Lord.
It is grace that we have a Savior who goes before us in the pain and suffering of life so that we can know hope and healing.
The Stations of the Cross have made a deep impression on followers of Christ for centuries. Many hearts have experienced the touch of God by journeying through it..
On Good Friday, next week, the journey will take place at MOPC.