The project “Journey to the Cross” was organized by Lou Hyson our Sunday School Superintendent in 2015. For many weeks, the Sunday School Students created each of the stations on three-fold displays. On Palm Sunday after Church, all of us went to the John Boggs Hall to see the Stations of the Cross along two walls of the room. The Sunday School Students at each of the stations taught the adults what Jesus went through. Each station consisted of a reflection, a passage from the Bible, and an action or actions to take. It was a very moving experience involving all senses, along with your mind, heart, soul and spirit.
Station 1: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
We reflected on the suffering Jesus was about to experience, sensing His anguish and struggle.
Jesus says to God, “Your will be done.” He chose to go to the cross.
Is there an area of your life where you need to make a choice to love and sacrifice – even if it comes with a cost?
Write your fear or the area of your life keeping you from God’s love.
Take a red stone to remind you of Jesus’ struggle, love and sacrifice for you.
Station 2: Jesus Arrested, Betrayed By Judas
Reflect that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
How would you feel if one of your closest friends?
How much is your honesty worth? Would you betray a friend for money or gain?
The action was to pick up a bucket of coins, count them as you put them back.
Pray that you will never compromise your values for money or gain.
Take a chololate coin, when you taste its sweetness think about the bitterness of betrayla by a friend.
Station 3: Peter Disowns Jesus
Reflect on being a Christian and acknowledging Jesus in word and in your actions. This will help others who do not know him.
The most difficult action for some of us to do was to write this about Jesus:
“I do not know him!”
Station 4: Jesus Is Condemned To Death
The action was to wash your hands.
Station 5: The Guards Mock Jesus
Crowned with Thorns
Action was to write with a red marker and a piece of paper. This symbolized the blood Jesus shed.
Station 6: Jesus Takes Up The Cross
Mark 15:20, John 19:16-17
Contemplate the wood of the life size cross and image how heavy that is. Jesus carried that for YOU and for ME!
On the cross shaped paper, write a word of sorrow, a word of gratitude and a word of hope. Tape it to Jesus’ cross.
Station 7: Jesus Falls
Matthew 27:31-33, Mark 15:20-22, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16-18
Between the emotional draining of prayer at Gethsemane, then being beaten, and carrying a heavy cross. Jesus fell. How could Jesus enter our lives without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life on all on earth.
The action was to move Jesus along a path. Video to follow.
Station 8: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
The Cross is a reminder that there are many times we must depend on others with humility. We must depend on Jesus.
Station 9: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
The women cried for Jesus, but Jesus gasped,
“Don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves.”
Jesus was not looking for sympathy. He was looking for surrender.
Station 10: Jesus Is Crucified
The action was to take a hammer and drive in one nail. The nail here was way smaller than the nails driven into Jesus.
Station 11: Jesus Promises His Kingdom To the Good Thief
Three men were being crucified.
One was sarcastically calling for salvation.
One defended Jesus as an innocent victim.
To that, Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Station 12: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother and His Disciple
Jesus wanted his mother Mary to be taken care of.
Station 13: The Death of Jesus
Reflection light a candle, because that pierces the darkness.
Station 14: The Burial of Jesus
Jesus laid in the tomb at that time seemed so final…
But on the third day, JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE IS ALIVE!!!