Like a Lamb Came the Messiah…
The Via Dolorosa
Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering. Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King. But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.
“Via Dolorosa” was composed by Billy Sprague.
The Via Dolorosa (from Latin, meaning, sorrowful road) is a half-mile narrow winding route believed to be the path the Lord was taken down from Pilate’s Hall of Judgment to Calvary.
He left His throne in glory and walked among us for thirty-three and a half years. In the years of His ministry, He taught those that would hear of the ways of God. He healed all those that came to Him in need. He raised the dead. He cast out demons. In the end His own rejected Him. He was beaten and spit upon and so abused that it was said that He didn’t look like a man. But Calvary was the reason He came, suffered, and died. An amazing story of God’s love for us. As Isaiah 53 tells us:
Down the Via Dolorosa “brought as a lamb to the slaughter… He opened not His mouth.”
Down the Via Dolorosa, “a man of sorrows.”
Down the Via Dolorosa “despised and rejected of men.”
Down the Via Dolorosa to be “wounded for our transgressions.”
Down the Via Dolorosa to be “bruised for our iniquities.”
Down the Via Dolorosa, “the chastisement of our peace (it was all up to Him to restore peace between God and man) was upon Him.”
We were lost and undone. We could not save ourselves. He came and walked that final walk for us. We will be learning about all it cost the Lord to provide forgiveness for our sins throughout eternity. The Lord paid a price for us that we could not pay. The lyrics in the following song say it all:
And I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary. To view the cross where Jesus died for me. How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul. He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.
(He Looked Beyond My Faults – Composed by Dottie Rambo)
Down the Via Dolorosa as those who loved Him looked on with great sadness.
Down the Via Dolorosa as the Angels looked on in amazement.
Down the Via Dolorosa as His Father watched His only Begotten Son make His way to be offered up as the Sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.
“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”
As John, the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” All of the Bible points to Jesus and His great sacrifice. It can be said that the “red thread”, which is a reference to the Blood He shed at Calvary, runs throughout the whole Word of God. Yes, down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Cavalry; the ultimate display of God’s love for us. The following lyrics tell of the measureless love of God for us:
The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest Hell…Oh love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forever endure.
(The Love Of God – Composed by Frederick M. Lehman)
He left His throne in glory, walked among us, and gave His life for us on the cross. What the Lord endured at Calvary was because of a love for us that is measureless. The following verses from Psalm 22 will give us some insight into His suffering there:
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are you so far from helping Me, and from the words of my roaring” (verse 1).
“But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people” (verse 6).
“All they who see Me laugh me to scorn…” (verse 7).
“Many bulls (religious leaders of Israel who were bent on crucifying Christ) have compassed Me….. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and roaring lion” (verses 12,13).
“I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels” (verse 14).
“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaves to My jaw, and you have brought Me into the dust of death..” (verse 15).
“For dogs (Gentiles carrying out the crucifixion) have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked (religious leaders) have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet” (verse 16).
“”I may tell all my bones (He was completely exposed for all to see): they look and stare upon Me” (verse 17).
“They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (verse 18).
C.H. Mackintosh said the following regarding Christ:
“He not only came as ‘The Truth,’ but also as the perfect expression of all the love of the Father’s heart: ‘grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’ He was the full disclosure to man of what God was…..”
The “Lamb of God” paid the sin debt for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith. The Lord endured all He suffered for us. Oh, the love of God that looked beyond our faults and saw our need. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
God Loves You!
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