Along the Way…

Along the Way…

Along the way…

 

Along the Via Dolorosa… The Way of Suffering. The Way of Grief. The Painful Way.

 

Winding through the city of Jerusalem, this stone-paved, narrow way meanders through stone buildings that surround a marketplace, which is now brimming with pilgrims in the city for Passover. Each pilgrim wends his way through the crowded marketplace, attempting to shrug off the unwanted venders hawking their wares.

 

Rushing against this already packed area presses a mob of angry people, along with Roman soldiers. The shoppers have not witnessed the gruesome events of the day, though they heard the rumors of what took place.

 

Now, confronted with the reality of the rumors, they turn away in horror at the sight of the man in the center of the throng. Stumbling through this cluster of people is a man bloodied from head to toe, his appearance distorted from a brutal scourging. A crown of thorns presses into his scalp, as blood trickles down into his eyes. A cross beam lays across his slumped, raw back.

 

Those following the throng continue to shake their fists at this man, shouting, ‟Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” These are the same people who, one week earlier, hailed Him as the Messiah, as He entered the city, but now reject Him.

 

Along the way…

 

Stooped under the weight of the cross, does this man called Jesus see only the stones along the way, or does He look up into the eyes of those yelling “crucify Him”? Does He look into the tearing eyes of those who love Him? Does He see the eyes of others as they turn away in disgust or guilt? Does He see the haughtiness, the pride in the eyes of others?

 

The soldiers see Jesus struggling to stay on His feet. “As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26 NLT)

 

Along the way…

 

An agonizing walk to Golgotha, the Place of a Skull.

 

Along the Via Dolorosa. I love this song. It says it all. This is a wonderful video. I pray you will watch it…

 

 

Along the way…

 

He carried that cross…the cross of suffering.

He carried that cross…the burden of our sins.

He carried that cross…for you, for me…to His death.

 

Along the way…

 

Up from the grave He arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er His foes;

He arose a victor from the dark domain,

and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

Prayer: Lord, it saddens my heart that You suffered such a horrible death, yet my heart overflows with joy that You choose to walk along the Via Dolorosa for me, for everyone. I shudder to think what my life would be like without You and Your forgiveness. I pray Your Easter joy will fill the hearts of everyone traveling along their own way of suffering. May others be confronted with the price You paid and choose to accept Your gift of love and forgiveness. Amen!

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Welcome to our new weekly devotional writer, Lynn Mosher…

 At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home. http://lynnmosher.com

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