For some reason I expected the Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross to be a large road, but, as you can see from the picture it is a narrow alleyway. The literal translation is “the Way of Suffering”. Jesus, after He was beaten, had to take the heavy cross on his shoulders to the place where He was to be crucified. At one point in our tour, we stopped, where it is said that Jesus fell and Simon of Cyrene picked up the cross.
It is said, even I, Jesus, learned the ways of obedience through suffering.
I know you because of that suffering.
I take your hand!
And you will come to the kingdom of light and love.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own, Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. ” Isaiah 53:5,6 (NLT)
When I contemplate all that Christ has done for me, I am humbled. There is an old hymn named, “He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels”…Jesus could have called a heavenly army to rescue him, but he didn’t. Jesus willingly went to the cross of Calvary bearing my sins and your sins to give us a kingdom of light and love. Why did God call us to be like Jesus? Why would I take angry, sarcastic words without answering back, other than to experience God’s life and light? God asks us to be like Him so we can go to a world that doesn’t know He came to give us forgiveness, redemption, a life with His love, peace and guidance. In turn we also will be enabled to forgive, love and dwell in peace and harmony.