Yesterday for Easter service the teens in the church put on a mini-passion play accompanied by the song “The Via Dolorosa.” The morning message followed up on the drama by exploring The Three Ways of Easter that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 16:21:
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Matthew 16:21)
The main idea of the message was that although we celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter, for Jesus the way of resurrection required that he first walk the ways of suffering and death. And so there are really three ways of Easter.
1) The way of suffering and sorrow.
2) The way of death and judgment.
3) The way of resurrection and life.
These are the three ways that Jesus had to walk, and they are three ways that we also walk as Christians. Being a Christian means following Jesus. And following Jesus means walking the path that he walked, following in his ways.
This third way, the way of resurrection and life, is what we normally focus on at Easter. This is the way that we all want to take. But you can’t get there from here. There are three ways of Easter, and you cannot walk the way of resurrection and life without passing through the other ways first.
Jesus rose triumphant from the grave. The good news of Easter is that he offers to share his victory with you. Will you accept his offer?
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(Continue reading for the song lyrics to “The Via Dolorosa” as sung by Sandi Patti.)