I am in a current state of overload.
There is this certain holiday coming up. Easter. Might have heard of it. It has nothing to do with bunnies but has everything to do with Jesus.
For some reason, in our culture, it is almost mandatory for you to go to church on Easter . Seriously. Now is the time to ask your friends and neighbors to come to church because they are fooled into thinking that going to church twice a year makes them a “good person”.
Oh Foolish Galatians Americans.
But, the good news is that they will come if you invite them. Seriously. The statistics prove it. So, invite them to a church that is honest about who they are [a bunch of sinners in need of forgiveness], where the Gospel is preached [grace alone in Christ alone by faith alone!]. I know a good one if you are interested.
But that isn’t what I am writing about today. Today, I offer to you the most meaningful experience I gain from Holy Week.
It is called Stations of the Cross.
The Way of the Cross is a meditative reflection in some traditions that leads participants through the final moments of Jesus’ life leading to the cross. There are stations and markers in the Old City of Jerusalem (I’ve been there) that leads walkers to the church of the Holy Sepulcher [Church of the Resurrection].
This will be the second year we have done it at Hope and I am so excited for it. After much time of preparation and design work, it is finally upon us. It is open to the public from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday.
This year, we are taking a look at the entire story of God’s redemption, leading to the cross. There are fourteen stations where you will reflect through reading and interactive worship. As I have been working through this over the past few weeks and months, I came to the conclusion that I had to write about it today.
I love stations of the cross because it allows me to slow down, intentionally, and go through the story of God’s plan to forgive my sins. I can’t help but continue to think back on this experience and experience, in some small aspect, a bit of the reality that was the cross.
We live in a busy world. We hardly tend to stop and reflect anymore. But this, this is something that we can not forget. We can not forget the cost that was paid on our behalf so that we can have life with God. We can’t forget that the forgiveness we experience is because we are sinners, still, in need of a savior, everyday! We can’t forget that God has lavished his love upon us through the person and work of Jesus and this is calling for us to stop and reflect.
The most important event that has ever happened is going to be in the hearts on non-believers, we should be prepared ourselves to experience this Easter personally.
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This is important. It is meaningful. Wherever you are on this journey of faith, it will be meaningful. Grab a friend. Go with your spouse. Lead your children through it. Share the Good News. Invite them to a Resurrection Service.