Thursday, April 17, 2014
REPROACHES of THE PASSION #12: You Hung Me on the Cross
O my people, What Have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me.
With great power I lifted you up, but you have hung me on the Cross
This complaint is the summary of what God did for His Chosen People: He exalted them in the sight of other nations. He built them up from a no people to a great nation. He established them as a kingdom and they reward for that was the Passion of the Messiah. When He sent them the long awaited Messiah, they crucified Him. “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself,” Jesus says in John 12:32. To this prophetic declaration, the crowds respond with “Who is this Son of Man?” (John 12:34). That is the eternal question which remains as new today as it was 2000 years ago among the Jewish people.
Which identity of Jesus do I like? I am ready to accept the infant Jesus, the miracle Worker, or the transfigured Jesus. But how do I relate to the Crucified Jesus? How could the Christ suffer and die? It was the baffling question among the Jews and even Jesus’ disciples. It remains the mystery to us as well. That is why we call the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus “The Paschal Mystery.” Jesus will forever be the Crucified Lord. The Cross is the best explanation of what Jesus was all about. Jesus chose to embrace the Cross, so this complaint is more about where we are in relation to Jesus, than where Jesus is on the Cross.
From His Cross, the Savior says to us: You hung Me up there on the Cross, but you are still on the earth below; All I ever wanted was to exalt you, so that you would be where I am; I want you with Me, because you are the reason I embraced the Cross. Where I am there My servant will be also. By My death on that Cross, I have exalted you up too; I have won for you an eternal place in the house of My Father. I have lifted you up and set you apart; I have consecrated you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be. Therefore, take up your cross and follow Me. And remember, whenever you crucify yourself for My sake, I will be right there with you on the Cross.
O My People, What Have I Done to You? How Have I Offended You? Answer Me
Because I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, you led your Savior to the Cross.