Stations of the Cross at Home Experience
  • Note: Easter Breakfast is postponed.  We will celebrate Easter as a church family together this summer!  This "Bonus Easter" will be a great opportunity to celebrate our Risen Savior together. Date is to be determined.

 

 

Stations of the Cross at Home Experience

 

Our prayer for you and your family is that you will use this guide to prepare your hearts and to draw closer to Jesus Christ, the Savior.

 

Instructions

  • Go outside in your yard to do the Stations of the Cross. Nature is a great setting to be reflective and to help you to focus on God.  Before you begin, pick a different place for each of the 5 stations. Each station highlights an event of Holy Week. For example, sit under a tree for the “Garden of Gethsemane” Station. If you have a cross in your home, bring it outside to use for “The Cross and the Gospel” Station. 
  • Read the narrations aloud, if you are doing this with your family.  If you are by yourself, you can quietly read them. 
  • After each narration, take a few moments to think about the Holy Week event. Pray with your family or as an individual about what happened during the week leading up to Easter.
  • At the final station, ask God to prepare your heart for Easter.  We have read that Jesus is alive!  What does that mean for you this Easter?   

 

The Last Supper

As told by one of Jesus’ disciples

(Exodus 12, John 13, Luke 22)


“I’ve celebrated Passover all my life, but I will never forget THIS Passover.  Of course, we had all the wonderful food that we always have at Passover.  Each of the things we eat for Passover reminds us of what God has done for His people.  He rescued us from slavery in Egypt.  He delivered us from certain death!  He called us His people.  We remember that God makes a way for His people to be saved during Passover.

 

I was celebrating the Passover with Jesus.  There were 12 of us gathered in the Upper Room for this special night.  Then Jesus did something unexpected…  He started washing all of our feet!  Why would I want Jesus, my Rabbi, to wash my feet!?!  Certainly He shouldn’t be doing this!  But Jesus told us, “Unless I wash you, you have no part of me.”  We all let Him wash our feet!  We loved Jesus!

Jesus did and said a lot of things that night that got our attention and made us wonder.  Jesus was sitting at the table, and He took one of the cups from the Passover meal, and said: “I’ve wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  I want you to know that I will never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  Soon I will leave you.”

We didn’t know what he meant when he said, “Soon I will leave you.”  It made me wonder where He was going and why He was going to leave.   

Then Jesus lifted up the cup and gave thanks to God.  And He said to us, “Each of you take this and drink from it.  From now on I won’t drink any more of this fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 

I remember what he did next.  He took some of the bread and He gave thanks to God for it.  And He tore it apart a little, so he could pass it to all of us.  Jesus said, “This is My body which is given for you.  Do this to remember Me.”  When He took the cup he said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood for the forgiveness of sins.”

Was Jesus saying that He would save us?  That He would provide forgiveness for sins?

And then it made me shiver when he said, that someone at the table was going to betray Him.  Who would do that?!?  We all loved Him!  He said that he knew it had to happen, but that it was going to be terrible for the person who betrayed him.

We all started wondering who would betray him.  But I kept going back to what Jesus had said before that as we passed the cup and the bread.

Could he rescue us from sin like God rescued our ancestors from Egypt?  Because--remember--Jesus said, “Whenever you eat and drink this Passover meal, remember Me.  I came to save God’s people.”

I will never forget that special night celebrating the Passover with Jesus.

 

Garden of Gethsemane

As told by one of Jesus’ disciples

(Matthew 26)

 “After we celebrated the Passover, we went to the Garden of Gethsemane.  During the day, the garden is full of people, but at night it is a quiet place.  We sat down to rest in the garden under the trees.  I was tired and sleepy.  We all were tired and sleepy, except for Jesus. 

 I knew Jesus hadn’t come to the garden to rest. He looked worried about something and very sad.  He told us to stay awake and watch with Him.  Watch for what, I wondered.  He went away from us further into the garden.  I heard Him say, “My heart feels like it’s being crushed because of the grief and sorrow I feel right now.”  

 We all sat down, and I watched Jesus in the distance begin to pray to God. He begged God to be excused from something awful that he knew was going to happen.

“Please, Father,” he said.  “Please, Father, please.  I don’t want to suffer the things that are about to happen.  But I will do Your will.”

 

Hearing Jesus pray made me sad and wonder what was going to happen.  The next thing I remember is Jesus waking us all up!  I couldn’t believe we had all fallen asleep!  What kind of friends fall asleep when their friend and teacher had asked them to stay awake and pray?!?

Jesus went back to pray again. 

All of a sudden, I heard angry voices coming through the garden.

A group of men came up to us, and I recognized one of them!  Judas!  He had been with us in the upper room celebrating the Passover.  He must have left, and no one had noticed.  I watched in horror, remembering what Jesus had said just hours before.  Judas came up to Jesus and kissed Him on the check.  The men grabbed Jesus.  What should I have done?!?  I was paralyzed with fear!  I watched as they arrested Jesus and took Him away.  He didn’t resist.  Was this what He had been so worried about?  I looked around me and suddenly fear seized me!  All of us ran away!”

 Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane shows us His humanity and also the great sacrifice Christ made for humanity.  Think about what Jesus was preparing do to for you.  Pray that you would understand His sacrifice more intimately.  Jesus teaches us the importance of obedience to God and to trust in Him completely because of how much He loves us. 

 

  

The Cross and the Gospel

As told by one of Jesus’ disciples

(Mark 16)

“Do you know what happened next to Jesus?  Have you heard?  I saw the Roman soldiers take Jesus in the middle of the night from the garden to the Jewish leaders.  We all knew the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus out of the way, so they gave Jesus over to the Roman governor, who put Jesus on trial.  I heard that the Roman governor, whose name was Pontius Pilate, knew Jesus had not done anything wrong, but all of the people called for Jesus to be crucified!  They wanted Jesus to die by being nailed on cross –this was how criminals were put to death.  Pontius Pilate had no choice, he gave Jesus over to be crucified. 

All of the disciples had run away out of fear.  I heard that Jesus’ cross was heavy and had a sign on it that said, “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.”  They made Jesus walk through the streets of Jerusalem carrying the heavy cross. The soldiers had placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head and had made fun of him.  They had also treated Jesus badly – they beat him up and spit on him as He went.  The Roman soldiers nailed Jesus’ hands and feet to the cross, stood it up and waited for Him to die.

I heard one of the women who was there when Jesus was crucified say, “Jesus prayed, ‘Father, forgive them.  They don’t understand.’”  She watched Jesus take his last breath – in and out.  “It is finished,” He had said.  One of the Roman soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with his spear and blood and water run out. And it was finished.”

Jesus was not only carrying the cross, He carried the sins of all mankind on Himself.  He carried your sin and mine.  His disciples and loved ones didn’t understand at the time that Jesus had taken their punishment for sin, and in doing so had defeated sin and overcome death for all who believed in Him. Thank Jesus for His great sacrifice for you.

 

The Empty Tomb

As told by one of Jesus’ disciples

(Matthew 28, Mark 16)

 

“I have never felt so lost.  Jesus had died on the cross just a few days earlier. All of us were sad.  The women were weeping, and Jesus’ disciples wondered why and how this man, who could do miracles, who had healed people, who had taught with authority – why, He had even raised the dead – could possibly be dead?!?  Wasn’t He supposed to be the Messiah, the one who would save us?

After He died, He had been buried in a tomb.  Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and the other women had gone to the tomb.  They were going to anoint Jesus’ body with oils and spices and saw that the stone had been rolled away!

 Of course, I was shocked when I heard what they saw at the tomb!  I thought, “Someone must have stolen His body!”

 But Mary told us, “No!  Listen!  Jesus is not dead.  He is risen!  Jesus is alive!  There was an angel.  He was dressed in white and sitting in the borrowed tomb where Jesus’ body should have been.  He told us, ‘“Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen; He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.  There you will see Him, just as He told you.”’

 Mary told us, “I was so afraid.  But I have seen Jesus!  He is alive!”

 And then I saw Jesus, my Lord and my Savior.  Jesus appeared to the rest of us, and He is alive!  He is the Messiah.  He came to save us from our sins.  He came as the Passover Lamb, because God has made a way for His people to be saved.”

  

Closing Prayer

 

Take 5 minutes to pray together as a family or by yourself.  Thank God for what He has done for you.  What does Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection mean to you?  How has the most important event in history changed your life?  Each person can say what God has done for them and share, or you can hold these things in your heart.  Jesus Christ has defeated sin and death and has risen from the dead!  He is Savior and Lord.  He is our Passover Lamb, our Rescuer.