Son of God seems to be based heavily upon the Stations of the Cross. Protestants who do not understand the stations may miss out on deeper meaning of several scenes from Son of God. For this reason, we are going to take a look at the Stations of the Cross this morning.
We need to keep in mind that not all of the Stations of the Cross come directly from scripture. Some, such as Veronica wiping Jesus's Face, comes out of the tradition of the Roman Catholic church.
Don't let this throw you. Tradition is an important part of church worship for many denominations. John Wesley, founder of United Methodism is famous for his quadrilateral. He maintained that reason, tradition and experience informs our understanding of scripture.
It seems that similar thinking went into the development of the Stations of the Cross. Let us look at delve briefly into each one.
1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus carries his cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets his mother
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments
11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb
The resurrection wasn't included in the stations because it proclaims Easter, not Lent. Understanding the Stations of the Cross gives a way to more fully understand the meaning behind John 3:16 and thus, enhances how we relate to God's only begotten son.
Let us pray.