Via Dolorosa

Easter has always had an impact on my spiritual and my personal life, in general. The story of the days and events leading up to the pinnacle of Christ’s suffering and death on the Cross at Calvary is raw and emotional on so many levels. He suffered – for us. He died – for us. He rose – for us. The ultimate gift – for us. Then He ROSE! A miracle beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Both the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection reflect two main things to me: the devastation and fear of being separated, or forgotten, by God and then the rebirth, the new day, the promise of another chance to get it right with God. The end of winter and the birth of spring….

Several years ago I was asked to participate in my church’s Maundy Thursday service by singing the special music. My pastor was very creative and he enjoyed telling stories from the Bible in a dramatic fashion – you felt like you were there that evening as the lights dimmed and the presentation began. Larry, our pastor, spoke using the viewpoint of Peter. It was the most moving worship service I have ever experienced in my life (Peter’s story can be found at: Matthew 26:33-35, Mark 14:39-31, Luke 22:33-44 and John 13:36-38). I sang the Via Dolorosa with tears rolling down my cheeks (the lyrics are powerful – I’ve shared them at the end of this post). I felt like I was there, standing in the crowds watching my Lord be taken away to die. 

Denial, suffering, death and rebirth. We all may experience these events at times in our lives – for now our death and rebirth are metaphors only. One day we will die and will be immediately reborn in Heaven. Until then the death of a difficult or heartbreaking time can be followed by a joyful rebirth when happiness or health, for example, re-enter out lives. Ultimately it is up to us to spring back and allow our rebirth. We’ve been provided the love and grace by our Father in Heaven, and through the Easter story and events Jesus died for our sins to be forgiven so that we can be reborn and start over. Thank you Father – thank you for second, third and twentieth chances at starting over in hopes of getting it right this time. 

Peace be with you and yours this Easter…

VIA DOLOROSA 

Down the Via Dolorosa
in Jerusalem that day
The soldiers tried to
clear the narrow streets
but the crowd pressed in to see
the Man condemned to die on Calvary

He was bleeding from the beating
there were stripes upon his back
And He wore a crown of thorns
upon His head
and He bore with every step
The scorn for those who
cried out for his death

Down the Via Dolorosa
called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King
But he chose to walk that road
out of his love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa
all the way to Calvary

The road of suffering will
soon end on that hill
and his body will be
nailed upon the cross
but Jesus died in our place
so that our sins can be washed away

Down the Via Dolorosa
called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King
But he chose to walk that road
out of his love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa
all the way to Calvary

The blood that would cleanse
the souls of all men
Made its way to the heart of Jerusalem

Down the Via Dolorosa
called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King
But he chose to walk that road
out of his love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa
all the way to Calvary