Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1 that the cross is a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles … the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.
The seven last statements of Jesus while being crucified on a cross reveal God’s wisdom, love, forgiveness, ultimate desire for humanity, and our petulance as humans.
We examine where we are in our faith, in our lives, and in our relationship with God in this poignant retelling of the seven statements. Today, we ask questions, often questions without answers, at least not until Easter morning.
Seven statements made while Jesus hung on a cross and taken from three of the Gospels, Matthew, Luke, and John, lead us in the crucifixion account. We learn first of God’s willingness and desire to forgive. Next his desire to be in relationship with us, then to care for one another. We, too experience pain when Jesus asks God, “Why have you forsaken me?” and we wonder over the statement, “It is finished.”
We continue to examine our own lives this day – Holy Friday, as we remember and retell the account of the cross. Often called, “Good Friday,” we can only wonder, “What’s so ‘good’ about a man dying on a cross – any man, but especially Jesus. What’s “good” about it is the work Jesus did on the cross that day for you and I, for freedom.
What is your response to the Cross?