How does one write about Jesus on the cross without feeling a sense of missing something or not fully encapsulating this moment that we collectively experience each year through Lent?
I have no clue and yet, here I am attempting to write about it.
How do we understand the human and divine nature of Jesus when we read the parables, experience the miracles and teachings, and yet, see Jesus on the cross saying: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Again, not a clue.
But I do know a thing or two about feeling forsaken. I mean really, don’t we all know a thing or two? “Forsaken” is not a term we use too often. I don’t believe it will be a trending hashtag on Twitter any time soon. I believe, however, that being forsaken is a common struggle.
Have you ever felt abandoned by God? By friends? Family? Have you ever felt that you were suffering alone? Well, based on Mark, so did Jesus.
I think being or feeling “forsaken” is a part of the human condition. When Jesus experienced this on the cross, he was in solidarity with those who suffer, which consequently, in some form or another, is all of us.
Now, that’s not saying we can’t sense the presence or feel solidarity with Jesus outside of suffering, but it does mean that Jesus has experienced the full depth of the human experience that included loss and abandonment.
So as we journey through Lent towards the cross, let us not forget the kinship we have with Jesus. And let’s not forget how the story ends. #Resurrection