The Via Dolorosa
[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26 NKJV
The Via Dolorosa is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem that is believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to is crucifixion. Via Dolorosa is a Latin word that means: “way of grief,” “way of sorrows,” “way of suffering.” The Via Dolorosa is the path from condemnation to justification.
Biblically speaking, condemnation results when a person is found guilty and worthy of punishment; he is with guilt and damned, deserving of death (Rom. 1:32-2:1-3). On the other hand, you are justified through faith if you believe, in your heart, in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. You are declared not guilty, just as if you never sinned (Rom. 1:22-5:1-2).
For example, when a judge in a court of law declares a defendant not guilty, all charges are dropped and removed from the record as if the person had never been accused. When God forgives us, our record is wiped clean because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Isa. 43:25). But to accomplish our justification, Jesus walked the path from condemnation to justification—condemned by the High Priest Caiaphas and sentenced to death by Pilate. “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Therefore, since you have been justified through faith, you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1). To believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord is to move from condemnation to justification on the spiritual Via Dolorosa path!