The stations of the cross hold by tradition that Christ fell three times. Today we remember his second falling. This three fold falling are reminders of the fall of Adam, the fall of humanity together, and participating in these fallings by Christ.
In 1 John, the Fall in terms of it's impact and how we participate it are described as a threefold fall of excess, and giveness to three tendancies.
1. The desire of our bodies, for experience. 2. The need to fill our eyes and minds with images. 3. The need to be proud, about who and what we are.
And these things have never changed, no matter how our context changes...
How many of us have grow weary and fallen down in the act of following Jesus, into his mission, through his body, the Church. From being overwhemed with the need to experience the 'life' the world sell us, with it's nevery ending stream of sales pitch images that fill our minds and souls, whilst we struggle for signifance.
So we and the church lie fallen in the dust under the weight of the religion of consumerism.
This Easter will we let go of the weight of this threefold fall, and let His cross be upon our shoulders, and have him lift us back up, to a life of engagement and mission.
From 1 John 2:15 "15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the worldâ€”the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and doesâ€”comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."