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When Jesus cries my cry on the cross, it is the most precious cry he ever makes. And he’s not playing.
We turned our face. We despised him. We esteemed him stricken by God and afflicted. And it wasn’t the truth.
In his Good Friday meditation, Peter M. Wallace reflects upon Jesus’ cry from the cross, “I am thirsty”.
People want power. When we cannot have power ourselves, we at least want to be connected to people who have power.
In our second reading in worship yesterday, we read Paul’s challenging attack on those who he says
live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
The extraordinary challenge of thinking about the cross of Christ is clear in the variety of ways the cross has been viewed by Christian theologians. The attempt to understand what happened in the death of Christ on the cross is called the Doctrine of the Atonement.
Clearly, in the mind of the early church, Jesus’ death was no ordinary death. And the circumstances surrounding his death were understood to indicate that his life was no ordinary life.