Have you ever heard people talking about going to church and reciting or praying the “Stations of the Cross”? Have you wondered what they were doing or if the Stations are religious and of God? According to Wikipedia, “The object of the stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in most Roman Catholic as well as in a number of Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches.”
There is a magnificent place in Groom, Texas called “The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries”, that has life-size bronze sculptures of the Stations of the Cross. Every statue is Biblically-based and tells the story of what happened to Jesus from right after Palm Sunday (called the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem by Jesus & His Apostles), to His Crucifixion & Resurrection. There are fourteen stations of reenactment on the walls of some churches. In the pictures below there is the title of each and a scriptural reference (except for “Veronica Wiping the Face of Jesus”). As you look over each station, check to see if you agree with the scripture posted or maybe you might find a better Bible reference.
One more thing: People usually don’t understand the term “Resurrection Sunday” yet if you say, “Happy Easter”, it will be understood. Despite what you think of the word Easter, you will reach more people and be able to educate them on the word, at a later date. Time to do a little fishing. If you think that this is the end of the story, well, the best is yet to come. Jesus cannot be kept down in a grave, but on the third day, He arose and is ALIVE in each of us who believe on Him today. #TBR (Trust, Believe & Receive) from Him.
“Jesus is condemned to death”
“Jesus is condemned to death” Matthew 27:24 Jesus prayed on the Mount of Olives for His Father to take the cup from His hand that meant His death on the cross; it demonstrated the humanity of Jesus (Luke 22:39-46).
“Jesus carries his cross”
“Jesus carries his cross” John 19:17 The crossbar would be heavy, full of splinters, and resting on the open wounds where Jesus had already been beaten.
“Jesus falls the first time”
“Jesus falls the first time” Isaiah 53: 4-7 He has been beaten and abused, verbally and physically. He is at the end of his strength.
“Jesus meets his mother”
“Jesus meets his mother” John 19: 25-27 Just as in the movie of “The Passion of the Christ”, Mary was consumed with sadness as flesh-of-her-flesh was going to be murdered.
“Simon helps Jesus”
“Simon helps Jesus” Luke 23:26 Simon found himself a surprised participant in Jesus’ crucifixion. Paul wrote in Galatians 2:19-20 that we are also crucified with Christ.
“Veronica wipes the face of Jesus”
“Veronica wipes the face of Jesus”. Who was this woman who handed Jesus a cloth to wipe his face? Suddenly a woman emerges from the crowd, and before the Roman guards can hustle her back into place, she gently wipes Jesus’ face.
“Jesus falls the second time”
“Jesus falls the second time” 1st Peter 2:24 Can you imagine how heavy the cross was that Jesus was carrying? It had to support the human frame and was tall enough to be seen by those in attendance.
“Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem”
“Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem” Luke 23: 27-31. Jesus might have told them, “Don’t weep for me, weep for yourselves and your children, because the time is coming when people will think that people without children, who have to endure the future, are the blessed ones.”
“Jesus falls the third time”
“Jesus falls the third time” Psalms 22:15-16. Jesus was weary from walking, bleeding and hurting from the vicious beating that He had endured earlier that day. Jesus was thirsty and weak.
“Jesus is stripped of his garments”
“Jesus is stripped of his garments” John 19: 23-24. Can you imagine the humility of being almost necked when your clothes were torn away from the open soars on your body?
“Jesus is nailed to the cross”
“Jesus is nailed to the cross” John 20:25 The nails had to be thick in order to support Jesus on the cross. These nails went through flesh and may have even pierced bones in His hands (wrists) and feet (ankles).
“Jesus is crucified”
“Jesus is crucified & dies on the cross for our sins” John 3:14-16; Matthew 27: 50. Resurrection Sunday has no meaning without Good Friday. Jesus had to die, so that we might live.
“Jesus is taken down from the Cross”
“Jesus is taken down from the Cross” Luke 23:50-53. He’s gone. Jesus has died and paid the cost. He has left so many mourning His lost and even some of those same people who had put Him to death.
“Jesus is laid in the tomb”
“Jesus is laid in the tomb” Luke 23:50-53. He was laid to rest in a tomb provided by a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. Joseph went to Pilate secretly and requested the body of Jesus so that he might provide a proper burial.