Monday, October 28, 2013

Who are you? What have you sacrificed?

And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” Matthew 27:23

I must confess that images from Jesus Christ Superstar are those that frame these verses. The egos and hysteria and twisted plots swirl around the alert, even poised figure in white. He is the one who knows what He is about.

Crucify Him. Crucify Him.

What evil has He done?

And all of the deceit and grudges and manipulation and doubt and meanness and cruelty and lust and envy and disrespect and other products of brokenness were piled so very high onto the altar on Golgotha.  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Once and for all. The punishment that brought us peace.

And darkness fell over all over the earth.

And He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” They did not know that they were participating in the fulcrum point of all history. We never really know the backside of the story.

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.