The Cross should never be separated from the rest of Jesus’ life. It is his life “lifted up” for all to see. In him, we see God’s desire for our salvation.
Embracing the Cross, Christ takes on himself our wounds and our sorrows, even death itself. “When we were sinners, Christ died for us.”
On the Cross, he searches for the lost sheep: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” No scolding of the thief at his side– he puts him on his own shoulders and gently carries him to an unexpected reward.
On the Cross, he shows forgiveness for his enemies: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
On the Cross, he reveals the longing of the human heart and its ultimate dependence on God. “I thirst,” “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”
On the Cross, he invites those weighed down to come to him. “Come to me, all you who find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.”
On the Cross, Jesus takes the human race into his outstretched arms, as the father embraced his lost son without words.
On the Cross, Jesus Christ reveals a saving God to us.