Introduction

Our Stations of the Cross Experience is typically a walk through experience that helps people focus on Jesus and his amazing sacrifice. This year, the Covid-19 virus provided an opportunity to be creative in order to help people focus on the events of Good Friday in a safe way.  Our drive through Stations of the Cross Experience is a way we can help you focus on Jesus as Easter draws near.


For two millennia, Christians have wondered at the love of God which is remarkably evident to us on Good Friday.  Followers of Christ have historically marked this day with a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to walk the 900 steps Jesus took to the place of his crucifixion and burial.  As Christianity has spread, an actual pilgrimage to Jerusalem has become quite impractical, and the Stations of the Cross provide a way for followers of Christ to “walk his steps,” remembering the last events of Jesus life, his death, and his burial (also known as “the passion narrative”).  


Though the practice of walking the Stations of the Cross is widespread in the Christian tradition, the number of stations and events to be memorialized has been fluid throughout history. In this year's “Stations of the Cross Experience” we’ll take you through a meditation of seven moments that lead to Jesus' death and burial.  This immersion into this day in the life of Jesus, will move you to understand and marvel at the sacrifice our sins required, and the beauty of the mercy and justice of God demonstrated on the cross.  Our hope is that as your appreciation for this event grows, your joy will also grow this Easter.

Instructions for the Stations

This whole Stations of the Cross Experience should take about 20 minutes.  As you arrive at each station, you will notice an image.  That image will help you think about a specific moment in the passion narrative. Each image will link you to a scripture reading and short meditation to use as you reflect on this event (all scripture is taken from the ESV, though we encourage you to use any version you’re comfortable with as you move through the stations).  There is also a short prayer associated with each station.  Take as long as you need at each station, but if there are other groups behind you, please be respectful of their time as well.

  • Station #1- Jesus is Betrayed (Mark 14:43-46)

    Scripture: 

    And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him.


    Meditation: 

    Judas betrayed Jesus for money (Mark 14:10-11). I revile Judas for that decision, but don’t I choose other things over Jesus. In my own Judas-like way, I betray Jesus as I prioritize finances, gossip, lust, or even my family over Jesus. 


    Prayer:


    Father in Heaven, help me to seek your kingdom first and turn away from the things that keep me from following you as closely as I can.


  • Station #2- Jesus carries his cross (John 19:17)

    Scripture: 

    So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.


    Meditation: 

    After being condemned by the Jewish and Roman authorities, Jesus was forced to carry his cross to the place of crucifixion.  Along the way, Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry the cross (Matthew 27:32).  Jesus, in his teaching, asked each of his followers to pick up their cross and follow him (Luke 14:27).  How can I show self sacrificial love like Jesus?


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, what love we see as Jesus carries the cross to Golgotha.  Help me to prioritize the good of others over my own will as I follow Jesus.


  • Station #3- Jesus is mocked (Mark 15:17-19)

    Scripture: 

    And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.  And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 


    Meditation: 

    At various points along his journey to the cross, Jesus was mocked and abused (Matthew 26:67-68, Matthew 27:26, Matthew 27:27-31, Luke 23:11, Luke 23:35-37). Jesus warned his disciples that they may be mocked as well (John 7:7, 1 John 3:13). In fact, the early Christians considered it an honor to suffer for Jesus' name (Luke 6:22, 1 Peter 3:14).  Am I willing to be shamed by the world for following Jesus?


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, help me to not be ashamed of the gospel and to pray those who abuse me on account your name, just as Jesus forgive those who persecuted him. Bless those who are persecuted for your name around the world.

  • Station #4- Jesus is nailed to the cross

    Scripture: 

    There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.


    Meditation: 

    The nails in Jesus' hands and feet tell me of God’s tremendous love for me.  At Christ's crucifixion, the record of my sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus (Colossians 2:14).  God gives me grace, saving me from the penalty of my sins as a gift.  This gift he gives is costly, as he bears my sins. So often I make much of and boast in my own accomplishments.  How can I make Christ and him crucified to be my boast (Galatians 6:14).


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, you are forever to be praised for the love you show.  Help me remember your grace and love and to make you my confidence and boast.

  • Station #5- Jesus cries out (Mark 15:34)

    Scripture: 

    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 


    Meditation: 

    Galatians 6:13 says that everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed by God. In incomprehensible agony, Jesus cries out to God the Father. His crying out was not simply due to the physical pain (though that would be excruciating), but rather points me to his deep suffering as he experiences the curse of separation from his Father in heaven, which is the just penalty of sin.  The offense of the cross (Galatians 5:11) is that this cursing of Jesus was required to save me from the penalty of my sins.  The joy of the gospel is that the cross was enough for my salvation and that God loves me enough to send his son to endure this, so I can live in fellowship with him now and forever.


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, help me to recognize the tremendous cost of my salvation.  I trust that on the cross, Jesus died for my sins.  

  • Station #6- The curtain in the temple is torn in two (Mark 15:37-38)

    Scripture: 

    And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.


    Meditation: 

    Jesus’ body was broken and his blood was shed so that I can have fellowship with God forever.  The temple curtain served to remind God’s people that access into his presence was not permitted due to God’s holiness and their sinfulness.  When Jesus died, God tore the curtain, symbolically demonstrating fellowship with God is now possible because of the finished work of the cross.  When followers of Jesus take communion (also known as the eucharist, sacrament, or the Lord’s supper), they remember the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).  


    We encourage all followers of Jesus to mark this special day by taking communion together. We'd encourage you to do this tonight in solidarity with Christians all over the world.   You can do this simply by:

    1. Break bread, and focus your attention on Christ's body broken.  You can say, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
    2. Take a cup of wine (or grape juice) and focus your attention on Jesus blood the twas shed for you.  You can say, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25)


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, thank you for opening the way into your presence.  I joyfully receive the gift of salvation.  


  • Station #7- It is finished (John 19:30)

    Scripture: 

    When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  


    Meditation: 

    Those words, “It is finished,” are a wonder.  It means that there is literally no work I need add to what Jesus has already done to save me from my sins and win for me eternal life.  As I trust in the work Jesus has done, I have the tremendous gift of forever fellowship with God. 


    After Jesus died, he was taken from the cross and laid in a tomb.  This tomb would not be the end of the story. On Easter Sunday, God's people will celebrate the amazing power of God!


    Prayer:

    Father in Heaven, I turn away from every form of self salvation and rest wholly and completely in your grace and love.