The Stations of the Cross - Teen/Young Adult edition
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
ALL OF THIS TOOK PLACE BEFORE
He was arrested in the garden by a mob - all his friends deserted him. He was pushed from one power player to another, messing with His will and His mind. Finally Pilate gave in and allowed Jesus to continue to be tortured and finally killed - in public.
2. Jesus takes up His cross
A cross - made up of two heavy planks from a tree - full of splinters is lifted by three
soldiers and dropped on His shoulders. He can barely stand up under the weight.
3. Jesus falls for the first time
with each step.
You know what you must do and you just keep on - you see a different goal before you.
4. Jesus meets His mother
He is caked with blood, sweat and dirt. The flies buzz around, landing on his cuts, in his ears. He finds it hard to been seen by His mom and to look into her eyes.
Some of us have a harder time getting along with our parents for many different reasons. Even 'though we may have a tough relationship we don’t want them to be embarassed by who we are, what we are and what we do.
5. The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene
The soldiers are getting impatient because Jesus isn’t moving fast enough for them. They
just want this criminal to get up the hill so that they can nail him to the cross and go off duty.
Sometimes we are volunteered for things - we don’t want to help, we don’t care. It's only after we've done it that we recognize that helping someone else helps us.
6. A woman wipes the face of Jesus
A woman from Jerusalem steps out from the crowd, unseen by the guards, and wipes the face of Jesus. After he gets up and passes by she looks down at her veil and sees that His face
has left a perfect imprint!
Oh, Jesus - I can't even imagine the pain you are in - so much sweat and blood in your eyes that you can’t see the pavement in front o you. Because of Veronica’s kindness some of your pain is lifted and you could go on.
7. Jesus falls a second time
His knees are giving way; he keeps falling down on one knee or the other - and finally the cross slams down next to him.
How can you go on? How much pain can you stand? How can I be worth this much to You?
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Here were women He had preached to, had taught. Now they walked along with Him
behind the baracades, trying not to make the guards angry.
Can I walk beside you? Can I risk being known as your disciple?
9. Jesus falls a third time
He can’t continue to go on. His body is failing Him. The weight of the cross is too much to bear and he is flattened as it falls on top of Him.
10. Jesus is stripped
There are no more masks left, there is nothing to hide. Even his personal dignity is being
denied. Jesus’ battered, torn, bloody, bruised body is fully exposed to the elements and to us.
All of my protection against exposure - of being completely known - is stripped in your presence, loving God. You see me for the person you made, not the person I can pretend to be. Yet even here - completely vulnerable - you love me your own: precious and beautiful.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
The pain is so unbearable, His death is very near.
Despite the agony, despite the shame, despite the loss You surrender Your life for my soul. It is so hard to comprehend this kind of unconditional love.
12. Jesus dies on the cross
He has done everything that was required of Him. He loved the world and the people in
it; He blesses God, forgives those who betrayed, arrested and executed Him. He takes one final breath..... and then lets all of what He is....... go.
Mortal death - darkness - comes to the Man who said 'I Am the Light, I Am the Life'. This is radical love, Jesus. You give it all and blame no one,You follow Your Father's instructions to the very end. Your faithfulness conquers evil for all time.
13. Jesus’ body is given to Mary
His lifeless body is lowered into his mother's arms for the last time, appearing to be a
casualty in the war of Good vs. Evil.
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb
It looks like the story is over. It looks like the enemy has won..... but looks can be deceiving.
No matter what it looks like on the outside, help me to see and do Your will. You will make the old new and the dead come to life again - whether it is my bruised feelings or my outlook on life or any temporary setbacks I have. Be my example and let my fears and my faith rest with You.