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Welcome

This journey follows the events that took place surrounding the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. We invite you to use the time to reflect on your personal journey. It does not matter if you have been walking with the Lord your whole life, if you have wandered away, or if you are just curious, God wants to meet with you exactly where you are.
The stations are designed to be experienced. Along with a scripture reference and a narrative, you will find instructions on how you may participate at each station. The goal is to use as many senses – touch, taste, hearing, sight, and smell – to connect to the crucifixion story.

Although this tour is self-guided, friendly hosts are available for questions or assistance. Posts and directions are displayed to help you find your way, but do not hesitate to ask if you would like more information. Some stations may impact you more than others; please take as much time as you need. It is okay to spend extra time at a particular station.

STATION 1

Betrayed For Thirty
Pieces of Silver

Matthew 26:14-16 & 20-25

Narrative

Was Judas a spy planted from the beginning? Was he really a disciple? Was he just misguided? Some say Judas wanted to force Jesus’ hand in bringing his new rule and reign but had failed to understand Jesus’ kingdom.
Judas approaches the chief priests about turning Jesus over, and why should he not benefit from it. Thirty pieces of silver seem fair. At dinner, Judas seems incredulous when Jesus says, “Woe to the one who betrays the Son of Man!” Satan soon enters him, and Jesus instructs, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

Instruction

Sit at the table as one of Jesus’ disciples. The bags of coins represent the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas to betray his teacher and master. Take one and carry it with you throughout the stations. The Scriptures teach us that everyone has fallen short, or sinned, against God. We all have betrayed him. What things you have accepted as payment for betraying Jesus? What things still tempt you to betray him? For many of us, it is far less than the value of 30 pieces of sliver.

STATION 2

Jesus Prays In the Garden

Matthew 26:36-46 &
Luke 22:39-46

Narrative

Jesus goes to the garden with his disciples, his friends. Burdened with grief, he tells three of his disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
In his anguish, he begs the father to “take this cup,” but the faithful son and obedient servant chooses God’s will.
Three times Jesus asks his friends to remain vigilant and pray with him. Three times he finds them asleep.

Instruction

Please pray bringing to God your struggles and imagine what Jesus was feeling as he asked for this cup to be taken from him. How would you feel if your friends fell asleep again and again when you needed them the most?

STATION 3

Jesus Arrested

 Matthew 26:46-56 &
Luke 22:47-53

Narrative

As if a thief or a rebel that had been inciting riots and insurrection, an armed mob and a contingent of soldiers approach Jesus. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, one of his twelve closest disciples, with a kiss. Zealously a disciple draws his sword and cuts off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Jesus knows his disciples do not understand, so he tells them to put the sword away. Then Jesus reaches out to the servant and heals the young man’s ear.
Jesus does not need us to rescue him. He has at his disposal legions of angels. But he chooses to fulfill scripture and do the will of the Father.
The disciples, Jesus’ beloved friends, flee and Jesus is taken away like a common criminal.

Instruction

Pick up the shield and sword. We are the ones who stood against Him. What would you have been ready for? How would you have reacted to the servant’s ear being cut off and then to Jesus healing it? Would you have questions in your mind about this man you came to arrest?

STATION 4

Jesus Tried & Condemned

Luke 22:66 – 23:25 &
Matthew 27:11-26

Narrative

Meekly, Jesus stands before the religious ruling body. They bring all sorts of false accusations against him but cannot find any fault in him. Finally, they ask, “Are you the son of God?” He replies, “You say that I am.” The elders hand Jesus over to the Roman government with false accusations.
When questioned by Pilate, the governing authority, he can find no fault in him. What charge can be brought? Pilate wishes to release Jesus, yet the crowd chants, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate offers the crowd a choice; they can have one prisoner released. The crowd demands the murderer, Barabbas, be released and chant even louder for Jesus to be crucified.

Instruction

Have you ever had a time when you were falsely accused? Was there anything you could say or do to change your circumstance? What if you knew that things had to be this way? How does the idea of Jesus being silent in his defense sit with you?

STATION 5

Jesus Mocked & Crowned With Thorns

Matthew 27:27-31

Narrative

Meekly, Jesus stands before the religious ruling body. They bring all sorts of false accusations against him but cannot find any fault in him. Finally, they ask, “Are you the son of God?” He replies, “You say that I am.” The elders hand Jesus over to the Roman government with false accusations.
When questioned by Pilate, the governing authority, he can find no fault in him. What charge can be brought? Pilate wishes to release Jesus, yet the crowd chants, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate offers the crowd a choice; they can have one prisoner released. The crowd demands the murderer, Barabbas, be released and chant even louder for Jesus to be crucified.

Instruction

Carefully touch one of the thorns. Jesus was beaten and a crown more thorny than this was placed on His head. Have you mocked Christ ? Have you been mocked for Christ’s sake? Take heart. He knows how difficult it is. He says you are blessed. Take heart mockers, he offers forgiveness for even this.

STATION 6

Jesus Nailed To the Cross

Luke 23:33-34 & John 19:17-22

Narrative

When a person was crucified, they were laid on their cross and nails were driven through their hands and feet. The cross was then lifted and dropped into place, wracking their body with pain. It is not blood loss that kills the person on the cross. In order to breath, they had to lift themselves up, bearing the weight of their body on the nails in their hands and feet. As they became exhausted, they began to slowly suffocate.
The Romans place a sign declaring Jesus’ crime over his cross. It reads, “The King of The Jews.” The priests protest, yet God’s truth will be proclaimed as Pilate say, “What I have written, I have written.”

Instruction

Our sin drove the nails into his hands and feet. Take a hammer and some nails and drive them into the stump. Know that Jesus even offers pardon and forgiveness to the nail drivers who put him on the cross.

STATION 7

Lots Cast for Jesus’ Garments

John 19:23-24

Narrative

When a person was crucified, they were laid on their cross and nails were driven through their hands and feet. The cross was then lifted and dropped into place, wracking their body with pain. It is not blood loss that kills the person on the cross. In order to breath, they had to lift themselves up, bearing the weight of their body on the nails in their hands and feet. As they became exhausted, they began to slowly suffocate.
The Romans place a sign declaring Jesus’ crime over his cross. It reads, “The King of The Jews.” The priests protest, yet God’s truth will be proclaimed as Pilate say, “What I have written, I have written.”

Instruction

Our sin drove the nails into his hands and feet. Take a hammer and some nails and drive them into the stump. Know that Jesus even offers pardon and forgiveness to the nail drivers who put him on the cross.

STATION 8

Jesus Says, “I thirst.”

John 19:28-29

Narrative

Jesus is tired. He knows the end has come, but he is still human. He is thirsty. So, he cries out. Will there be any decency? Will they offer him water? For his thirst, Jesus is offered wine vinegar, a poor remedy for his thirst. Death draws near.

Instruction

If you ate some of the snack at the beginning of the tour, you are likely thirsty now. Take a q-tip and dip it in the cup of dilute vinegar, and then taste it. What comfort did we offer Jesus? What kind of compassion did we have. Oh how vastly different is his compassion toward us.

STATION 9

Jesus Pardons The Criminal

Luke 23:39-43

Narrative

Alongside of this King, two criminals are also crucified. They deserve their condemnation. One criminal joins in mocking Jesus, hurling insults at him. The other feels the heavy weight of his sin, and makes his appeal to Jesus. What comfort, even in the face of death, because the dying savior grants the criminal pardon.

Instruction

Sin is a heavy burden. Take the chains and place them over your shoulders. Jesus offers to relieve us of this burden if we will come to him.

STATION 10

Jesus Dies

Luke 23:44-46

Narrative

In his very last breath, Jesus trusts the Father and commits his spirit to Him.
The next day is a special sabbath. Sunset is approaching and the Jews will not be able to do any work or else they will be in violation of their religious law. They did not want the eyesore left up through their holy day, so Pilate orders the prisoners’ legs broken to hasten their death. But Jesus is already dead. The soldiers pierce his side and blood and water flow. Scripture is fulfilled.
It was man that killed him, it was I that nailed him there. I am not free of this crime. It was for my sin he chose to die there. His blood is on my hands. His blood is on all our hands.

Instruction

All of us have blood on our hands. Wipe a couple of fingers through the sponge and paint, and smear some on this page.
It is only by his blood and sacrifice that we can come to God; we are acceptable no other way. Rejoice because this blood was offered as atonement. Through Christ’s willing sacrifice, the blood on our hands is no longer a sign of guilt but of cleansing and forgiveness.

STATION 11

The Veil Ripped

Mark 15:38-39

Narrative

At the very moment that Christ dies, the earth shakes and the veil in the temple was ripped in two. God and man had been separated since the fall. Only certain holy men, and only then with extensive preparation, could approach God on man’s behalf. Now the inner chamber is open and we can approach the throne of God.

Instruction

Christ bridged the divide between the Father and His children. He provided passage for those who believe to enter the place where God is. Likewise, through Christ, God came to the place where we are. Will you meet with him? There is nothing stopping you; there is no barrier; there is only you and your choice to approach God. This approach has been paid for with the precious blood of Jesus and is freely offered.
Take the fabric and rip off a strip. You may keep this. Know that Christ has purchased your access to God. You need not fear. He invites you to come.
If you wish to know more about coming to God and following Jesus, tie your strip around your wrist.

STATION 12

Jesus’ Body Buried

Luke 23:50-56

Narrative

Their leader was dead! Their grief was deep. How could this be? A good man carried on and asked for Jesus’ body. He paid the utmost respect, wrapping the body in linen. Oh the grief and despair. They did not think it would turn out this way. The women looked on and saw where the body was laid, but it was Sabbath and nothing more could be done. Buried. Entombed. Final. They must wait to prepare his body with spices. What more could they do for him ? He was dead! Jesus body lay in the tomb.

Instruction

Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. If we wish to approach Jesus we must also pass through the tomb. We are told we must die to self and carry our crosses daily. Forgiveness and redemption is free, but following Jesus has a cost. We must enter death with him. It is the only way we will find life.
Will you pass through the tomb with Jesus? Are you ready to die to yourself? Look at his body laying lifeless. How would you have felt not knowing what was coming next? When has there been a time in your life when it seemed like everything was over and final?