2 Corinthians 5:16
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;* even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,* we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,* not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
The Way of Sorrows
“Only the power that makes a world can make a Christian.” By the power of God’s love communicated to us through Christ we are recreated, our dulled spiritual senses are reawakened. For then “God, men, the whole creation, heaven, earth and all therein, appear in a new light.” The Wesley Study Bible, NRSV
The Via Dolorosa
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:19 NKJV)
The most notorious road in the world is the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of Sorrows.” According to tradition, it is the route Jesus took from Pilate’s hall to Calvary. The path is marked by stations frequently used by Christians for their devotions. One station marks the passing of Pilate’s verdict. Another marks the appearance of Simon to carry the cross. There are fourteen in all, each one a reminder of the events of Christ’s final journey.
Is the route accurate? Probably not…No one knows the exact route Christ followed that Friday.
But we do know where the path actually began. The path began, not in the court of Pilate, but in the halls of heaven. The Father began his journey when he left his home in search of us… His desire was singular – to bring his children home…
“The path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back.”–Max Lucado
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Abba, my Lord and Savior, when I stray from your path please continue to shine your light of love before me so I never lose my way home. Amen