The Via Dolorosa

There is a famous path through the Old City of Jerusalem today that is known as the Via Dolorosa, a Latin phrase, meaning literally the path of pain. It represents the path Jesus walked from his examination before Pontius Pilate to Golgotha where he was crucified and laid down his life for the sins of the world. It was a painful path, it was a lonely path but it was a divinely ordained path. This morning we are going to walk the text of Mark’s Gospel chapter 15. It is the story of the last hours of Jesus’ earthly life: his condemnation, his brutal beating, his crucifixion and his death. It is a haunting and gruesome story, more horrifying than we can imagine. But without this story, there is not gospel, there is no salvation, there is no forgiveness and none of us would ever be privileged to follow Christ.