Saturday, April 16, 2011

Matthew 26:14-27:66


God saves us unexpectedly, and in doing so he shows us that his kingdom is one characterized by the way of the cross, not the way of human strength or wisdom.

As Jesus hangs on the cross he utters these words:

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

In a powerful book called "Cross Shattered Christ" Stanley Hauerwas reflects on the last words of Jesus. This is what he has to say about it:

God is most revealed when he seems to us the most hidden...Here God in Christ refuses to let our sin determine our relation to him. God's love for us means he can hate only that which alienates his creatures from the love manifest in our creation. Cyril of Jerusalem observes that by calling on his Father "my God," Christ does so on our behalf and in our place. Hear these words, "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?" and know that the Son of God has taken our place, become for us the abandonment our sin produces, so that we may live confident that the world has been redeemed by this cross.

-Stanley Hauerwas, Cross Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words (Grand Rapids:MI, Brazos, 2004), 65.

Our God enters into human suffering. As a city right now this is a powerful message. We remember this Easter that we follow a crucified God, a God that understands suffering and pain. He is not distant and aloof but intimately concerned with his good creation. He enters in to our brokenness to bring healing. This Lent may we experience the overwhelming love of this God who enters into our suffering.

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