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STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT CHRIST FELLOWSHIP | GOOD FRIDAY 2022

The images in this year's stations of the cross were created by Scott Eriksen and the original vision for this contemporary street artwork was to take the Stations of the Cross to the streets. So it is our pleasure to be able to share these fresh and new perspectives on our traditional understanding of the Stations of the Cross. So we invite you before beginning, take a brief moment to pray: "Lord in your mercy and goodness open my heart, open my eyes, to see and experience the Love of Christ through these images and through what I read and reflect on. Thank you and we praise you in Jesus' name, AMEN."

Follow the along below and seek out one of our team members if you have any questions. 

*If scriptures are not typed out below click on the scripture reading itself and it will take you Biblegateway where you can read, if you do not have your Bible.

*After reading and reflecting at each station follow the signs to the next station.

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I.  JESUS IS TEMPTED
Read: Matthew 26:36-46
Reflect:

  • Jesus is compelled to desperate prayer.

  • Think of Jesus’ complete honesty in prayer.

  • Jesus calls together his friends in his most 

  • desperate time of prayer.

  • What drives you to such a desperate time of prayer?



II.  JESUS IS BETRAYED
Read: Matthew 26:14-16
“Friend, do what you came here to do.” - Matthew 26:50
“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him and after three days he will rise.” - Mark 9:31
Reflect:

  • The Son of God was betrayed by a friend.

  • The Son of God was betrayed by his creation.

 


III.  JESUS IS CONDEMNED
Read: Luke 22:66-71
“‘Shall I crucify your king?’ Pilate asked. ‘We have no king but Caesar,’ the chief priests answered.” - John 19:15
“You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” - John 19:11
“But this is your hour - when darkness reigns.” - Luke 22:53
Reflect:

  • Jesus submits quietly and peacefully.

  • Jesus is condemned by religious leaders.

  • What was their fear?

 


IV.  JESUS IS MOCKED
Read: Matthew 27:28 and Matthew 20:18-19
“But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” - John 18:23
Reflect:

  • What brings on our mockery?

  • These soldiers brutalize Jesus (possibly their common response to Jewish prisoners).

  • Imagine the Son of God being brutalized by men.

 

 

 


V.  JESUS IS GIVEN HIS CROSS
Read: John 3:14-15
Reflect:

  • The cross was a public murder device for criminals. This is how Jesus was killed.

  • Imagine carrying the wood of the cross… up the hill to your eventual slow and public death.

 

 

 


VI.  JESUS FALLS
Read:  John 12:24
Reflect:

  • This station, although not found in scripture, is traditionally in three stations. It symbolizes Jesus’ humanity and His ever-decreasing strength as He moves towards His public death.

  • Imagine Jesus experiencing weakness and distress in a public setting with nowhere to hide.

  • Imagine the exhaustion of the last 24 hours.

 

 

 

 


VII.  SIMON CARRIES JESUS’ CROSS
Read: Luke 23:26 & Matthew 16:24
Reflect:

  • Imagine being pulled from the crowd and carrying this man’s device of death.

  • What is it like to walk alongside Jesus in this?

 

 

VIII.  JESUS IS STRIPPED
Read: Luke 23:31-34
Reflect:

  • Romans crucified criminals naked.

  • Reflect on the shame of nakedness in the Garden of Eden and the shame of nakedness in this moment.

 


IX.  JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Read:
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man then you will know that I am the one I claim to be….” - John 8:28
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” - John 12:32
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” - Matthew 27:46
Reflect:

  • The long physical pain of crucifixion was excruciating. In fact, the word excruciating is derived from crucifixion.

 


X.  JESUS DIES
Read: 
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 
- John 15:13
“It is finished.” - John 19:30
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” - Luke 23:46
Reflect:

  • Jesus died. He died. Our greatest fear is death, and He was not insulated from that fear.

  • His physical body stopped working.

  • His friends watched Him die.

 

 

 

 


XI.  JESUS IS BURIED
Read: Luke 23:50-56 & Matthew 26:12
Reflect:

  • His friends buried Him.

  • Have you ever buried a loved one? Imagine doing that with the one you believed was going to change the world and bring ultimate justice and healing.

 

 

REMEMBER SUNDAY IS COMING!!!

As you finish, we invite you to leave in silence and we also invite you to come join us this evening for our Good Friday Service at 7pm.