Archive for April, 2012

Fourteenth Station: Jesus Laid in the Tomb

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Jesus, Lord, you gift accepted,
In three days You resurrected,
You did first what we shall do.

“Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:59-60 NIV)

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.” (Psalm 40:2-5)

Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the Cross

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Life eternal death defiant,
Bowed His head – the world was silent,
Through his death came life anew.

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:44-46 NIV)

“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30b NIV)

Eleventh Station: Jesus Nailed to the Cross

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Pierced the hands that blessed and cured us,
Pierced the feet that walked to free us,
Walked the hill of Calvary.

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:33-34 NIV)

“There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” (John 19:18 NIV)

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.” (Psalm 22:1-3, 15-17)

Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Stripped and jeered by His own nation,
Jesus stood in desolation,
Giving all He had to give.

“There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” (Matthew 27:34-35 NIV)

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.” (Job 5:17-18 NIV)

“Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
The Lord says, ‘I will bring them from Bashan;
I will bring them from the depths of the sea,'” (Psalm 68:21-22)

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Jesus fell again in weakness,
Stumbling as we do, to lead us
Through our sorrow and our pain.

“Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.” (Psalm 118:25-28 NIV)

“Vindicate me, Lord,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
and have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” (Psalm 26:1-3)

Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Friday, April 6th, 2012

May our sympathy for Jesus
Turn to those who here now need us,
May we see Christ bruised in them.

“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.'” (Luke 23:27-28 NIV)

“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look around and see.
Is any suffering like my suffering
that was inflicted on me,
that the Lord brought on me
in the day of his fierce anger?

“From on high he sent fire,
sent it down into my bones.
He spread a net for my feet
and turned me back.
He made me desolate,
faint all the day long.

“My sins have been bound into a yoke;
by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands
of those I cannot withstand.

“The Lord has rejected
all the warriors in my midst;
he has summoned an army against me
to crush my young men.
In his winepress the Lord has trampled
Virgin Daughter Judah.

“This is why I weep
and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me,
no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
because the enemy has prevailed.” (Lamentations 1:12-16)

Seventh Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Prostrate on the dust he crumbled,
Flogged in Body He resembled
All our brothers poor and scorned.

“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:4-9 NIV)

Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Simon Stopped in hesitation,
Not foreseeing his proud station,
Called to bear the Cross of Christ.

“And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull’).” (Mark 15:20-22 NIV)

“May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” (Psalm 141:2-5 NIV)

Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Jesus met his grieving mother,
She who made the Lord our Brother;
Now the sword her heart has pierced.

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:25-27 NIV)

“What can I say for you?
With what can I compare you,
Daughter Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you,
that I may comfort you,
Virgin Daughter Zion?
Your wound is as deep as the sea.
Who can heal you?” (Lamentations 2:13 NIV)

Third Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Weakened, prodded, cursed, and fallen,
His whole Body bruised and swollen,
Jesus tripped and lay in pain.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’t If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” (John 15:18-20 NIV)

“Why are your garments red,
like those of one treading the winepress?
‘I have trodden the winepress alone;
from the nations no one was with me.
I trampled them in my anger
and trod them down in my wrath;
their blood spattered my garments,
and I stained all my clothing.
It was for me the day of vengeance;
the year for me to redeem had come.
I looked, but there was no one to help,
I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm achieved salvation for me,
and my own wrath sustained me.'” (Isaiah 63:2-5 NIV)