Journey (again) to the Cross

The last couple of years we’ve used and adapted from the free resource Journey to the Cross at BLC. I’ll put some phrases for each stations to capture my own reflections for this season. I find everytime there’s new “illuminations” …

* Station 1, Outer Noise.

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Distractions are loud. Crossing the threshold to stillness … Seeing “what is there” or “who is there”.

* Station 2, God in the Flesh.

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My High Priest …I come to you … You made the first step first!
“That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” ~ Hebres 4.14-16

* Station 3, Mary Anoints Jesus.

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I pour out whatever I have … Christ knows the cost it involves …

* Station 4, Judas Betrays Jesus.

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Why did it have to be a friend
Who chose to betray the Lord
Why did he use a kiss to show them
That’s not what a kiss is for
Only a friend can betray a friend
A stranger has nothing to gain
And only a friend comes close enough
To ever cause so much pain
~ Michael Card, Why

* Station 5, The Last Supper.

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We sit together with Jesus … as friends.

* Station 6, Gethsemane.

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There in the garden of tears
My heavy load He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
“Yet not my will, but Yours” he said.
~ Graham Kendrick, The Servant King

* Station 7, Jesus’ Arrest.

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Knocked down. Left alone. Thrown aside. Kicked around.

* Station 8, Jesus’ Trial.

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Firmness in gentleness.

* Station 9, Jesus’ Crucifixion.

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Tried to be there … deeper tonight. “Jesus, remember me, When you come into your kingdom”

* Station 10, Jesus’ Death.

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*no words*

* Station 11, Jesus’ Burial.

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*no sound*

* Station 12, Jesus’ Resurrection.

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I’m waiting for Sunday. “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

* Station 13, Crossroads

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There are so many along the pathway … it’s not “what” that must occupy my thoughts it’s “Who” that’s more important.

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