Mark 15:20, Then they led Him out to crucify Him.
Are you one of those people who can’t get by a day without a walk? In the fresh air of God’s creation to reset your mind. It can relax you, energize you, and give you a perspective you didn’t have before. It can give you time to visit with God “in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). Some churches practice a tradition “the way of the cross” – a contemplative walk designed to immerse us in Christ’s walk toward His crucifixion.
Also called the Stations of the Cross or Via Dolorosa (“the way of sorrows”), this tradition involves fourteen stations set around a church or beautiful outdoor setting. As you walk in silence, you observe paintings at each station depicting an event in the passion of Christ. The journey begins at the Garden of Gethsemane, continuing with Jesus’ betrayal, trial, beating, and walk toward Golgotha, with His encounters along the way. At each station, walkers stop and remember. They pray and mourn. They thank and marvel, up until the final station – when He is laid in the tomb from which He will rise. The walk helps them remember, as God opens up their hearts to understand what His Son did for them.
This Easter season, take some time to walk the Stations of the Cross, whether at a local church or on a walk of your own. Carry with you the verses associated with each event. Pause and pray, remembering as you go. And with every step, ask God to show you anew what Christ accomplished on His walk of sorrows.