Crucified on the Question

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” You can’t exegete your way out of the despair in that universal question.

The cross is a metaphor for the mysterious suffering of all humanity. It is where we cry, “It is finished!“, but where we hope to hear, “This is enough!

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9 Responses

  1. sam scoville says:

    “If thou bear the cross cheerfully, it will bear thee…If thou bear it unwillingly, thou makes for thyself a load and burdenest thyself the more and yet, notwithstanding thou must bear it. If thou cast away one cross, without doubt thou shall find another one and perhaps a heavier one.” Tom Kempis

  2. Matt Oxley says:

    Another one where a hundred different people can get a hundred different things out of it.

    I remember asking that question. Crying it out.

    I remember not hearing an answer too.

  3. nakedpastor says:

    There wasn’t an answer. There is no answer.

  4. sam scoville says:

    Is that your answer, NP? “Alas, my love you do me wrong, to cast me off so discourteously.”

  5. Hugh says:

    My son was leading a service on the Trinity and having talked about the eternal nature of the Trinity he pointed out that when Jesus called out those words the eternal Trinity itself was broken – for us. The shock of that realisation was tangible and he finished at that point even though he was only part way through his talk.

  6. Doug Sloan says:

    If you dare to love your neighbor as yourself…
    If you dare to feed, quench, clothe, heal, visit prisons…
    If you dare to challenge people to live as the Kingdom of God instead of the Kingdom of Ceasar…
    If you dare to demand justice as restoration and compassion without qualification and inclusion without exception…
    …such a way of living can (and probably will) get you killed.
    Live it anyway.

  7. fishon says:

    nakedpastor
    October 5, 2011 | 7:03 am
    There wasn’t an answer. There is no answer.
    —-ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?
    I have been accused of being arrogant, on this site, because I am so sure and confident about what I know. I wonder, have you joined me in the arrogance of “knowing for sure?” It seems so:::There wasn’t an answer. There is no answer::

  8. Brigitte says:

    Jesus called out those words the eternal Trinity itself was broken – for us. The shock of that realisation was tangible and he finished at that point even though he was only part way through his talk.

    Thanks, Hugh. And even more, if you are Lutheran you say: It was God who died, there, for you. It has sat many a one who really contemplated it sit back down in realization.

    And was there a purpose? Is there an answer to the question? Are we going to have to stick with the question? Everything hinges on it.

  9. yvette assem says:

    Ase’ and Amen

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