Let’s pray ……
“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.” [Miklos Rozsa]
This week – Holy Week, as we remember the crucifixion and the events leading up to it, it seems appropriate to think of the road Jesus walked to His death. The Via Dolorosa, traditionally remembered as the route Jesus took, carrying His cross at least part of the way, is only just over one third of a mile long, but in reality the road to Calvary began at the moment of Jesus’ birth (remember Simeon’s words to Mary as she presented Jesus for circumcision? (Luke 2:34-35))
How often must He have wondered what lay ahead, but remained steadfast in trust and obedience to God His Father, step after step right to the very end? And how long must that short journey have taken, through the crowds – some mocking, some heart sore and weeping?
Yet still He pressed on, empowered by love for all people – even the ones who had betrayed and abandoned Him, and the ones who would drive the nails into His flesh …… and for such as you and me …… amazing grace!
Remind us often, Lord, when we are feeling proud,
arrogant, beyond reproach, pleased with ourselves,
self sufficient in our ways, content with our stinted service,
that for such as us, and better and worse,
You walked the road that took You to a cruel cross
and rose again to show us where we might look for rescue.
Thank You, Jesus.
Amen. [from www.faithandworship.com]