Welcome to Holy Week!
For the next six days, we'll be focusing in on Jesus' walk to the Cross; the Stations of the Cross.
First, Jesus is condemned to die. God had planned for him to be crucified, but Jesus had to say yes. He chose to walk to his crucifixion.
Second, Jesus begins to carry his own Cross. He is given this heavy, wooden Cross which he will be nailed to and eventually die on. Then he is made to carry it a long way, crowds jeering and screaming, cheering and bellowing at him the whole way.
Third, Jesus falls for the first time. He falls under the weight of the Cross as he carries it, for it is extremely heavy. Here the savior of the world is terribly weak in everyone's eyes.
These are the first three Stations of the Cross. They sound just like stories, different plot points in a movie script. But they're not. They are our salvation saving our souls.
First, Jesus chooses to die for us. He decides that we are worthy of the ultimate sacrifice, even after our sinful ways.
Second, Jesus carries the weight of the Cross. It is the Cross we built for him, full of our sins and shortcomings. He picks it up and carries it.
Third, Jesus falls. He falls beneath the weight of our sins because they are heavy. He is overburdened. But he gets up, and he walks on it. Because you alone are worth it.
We adore you,
O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy
cross you have redeemed the world.