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Remembering Good Friday: The Stations of the Cross

April 22, 2011

As we approach the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection, it is only right that we remember all that Jesus endured during that terrible Friday 2000 years ago. From the earliest days of the church, Christians have journeyed to Jerusalem to retrace the path Jesus took as He carried His cross from Pilate’s house to Golgotha. According to tradition, this path, which has become known as the Via Dolorosa (“Way of Sorrows”) and the Via Crucis (“Way of the Cross”), was walked often by Jesus’ mother, Mary, after His death. St.Jerome (ca. 325-420), known primarily for translating the Bible into Latin, wrote of the hundreds of pilgrims in Jerusalem who walked this devotional path in his day.

“If any want to be my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Jesus makes His claim on our lives in the Gospels. We are to follow Him on the Via Crucis, the way of the cross. Jesus’ entire life and three-year ministry can be seen as part of this road. Every miracle He performed, every parable He told, and every invective He unleashed on the Pharisees took Him one step closer to His crucifixion.

The 15 Stations of the Cross trace Jesus’ path from Pilate’s house to Golgotha to His tomb and then to the glorious empty tomb on Easter morning. The stations are a mixture of events from Scripture and from traditions of the early church. On Good Friday, you will have the opportunity to come to the church and walk these stations as a way of remembering what Christ endured in order to deliver us from sin. When you arrive, you will be given a small booklet to guide you through the stations. You will be able to talk, walk, and pray at your own pace. I want to encourage each of you to take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus.

The church will be open from 9am to 6pm for you to come and “walk the stations”. At 6pm we will have a Good Friday worship service in the newly renovated youth building across the street. Join us as we remember the sacrifice of our Savior for our sins.

-Jeff

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