The Passion of Jesus Christ -- told in the fourteen Stations of the Cross -- comes alive in Stations of the Cross: The Passion of Jesus Christ Through the Years, drawing exclusively on the Gospel According to John. In this Passion story, Jesus fulfills his destiny in triumph. In John, he does not agonize in Gethsemane, does not need Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross, does not suffer the taunting on the cross, does not cry out the first verse of Psalm 22 -- "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Jesus is in full control of his destiny, as awful as it is, to die on the Roman cross of torture on Good Friday,
History of Stations
Stations of the Cross: The Passion of Jesus Christ Through the Years charts a concise history of the Stations of the Cross, starting with Emperor Constantine in the fourth century, continuing through Pope Clement XII setting the Stations at fourteen in 1731, and concluding with Pope John Paul II, who introduced the fourteen Bible-based Stations on Good Friday 1991 at the Roman Coliseum.
Chicago seminarian, journalist and mental-health advocate Richard F. Peterson provides enriching, easy-to-read meditations on each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. They are ideal for use during the Lenten Season or throughout the year to remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross, dying for our salvation.
Author Richard F. Peterson is a seminarian, award-winning newspaper columnist and mental-health advocate, living a full life with his wife in suburban Chicago. They have five children, one still at home. Peterson was a newspaper editor and writer for 30 years before leaving the field to work with people experiencing homelessness, using his personal experiences with mental illnesses -- bipolar, depression and anxiety disorders -- to help others heal.
The call to serve God as an ordained pastor had been present in the back of his mind for years, but it was not until Peterson began work with people experiencing homelessness that the call became clear. He now is a seminarian in Chicago, where he loves his theological studies. This devotional e-book, Stations of the Cross: The Passion of Jesus Christ Through the Years, is the culmination of months of research and prayer. Peterson hopes this brief devotional helps readers remember the Passion of our Savior Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to save each of us.
Sample -- Fifth Station: Jesus is Flogged
Dear Jesus, Lord,Each blow you took during the brutal flogging by Roman soldiers left your body covered with deep, bloody, painful wounds that literally tore skin from your body. Each blow you suffered was for the sake of all people throughout history. And we thank you for accepting the torment on our behalf, for our eternal salvation. Pilate sent you to be flogged, asking the politician's question of you, "What is truth?" not that he expected an answer. He said he found no case against you, but when given the choice between releasing you and the bandit Barabbas, the crowd shouted, "Barabbas!" The flogging you endured was but a foretaste of your crucifixion. The soldiers wove a wreath of thorns that was thrust on your head as a crown and you were draped in a royal purple robe to mock you, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and they continued to beat you about the head. You did not protest, but accepted punishment. When we are mocked today for having faith in you, our Redeemer, let us remember how steadfast you were when you were assaulted by the Roman guards. Please, give us the strength to keep our faith, to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek. In your name, we pray. Amen.
The devotional e-book, Stations of the Cross: The Passion of Jesus Christ Through the Years, is available to you for only $10.
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