Then [Jesus] bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
I was taught the crucifix was bad theology, that Christ was victorious over death and, therefore, we should only look to an empty tomb and a victorious cross. However, personal traumas have drawn me back to the crucified and suffering servant.
I find solidarity in a Christ who embraced death with the same fidelity and courage as he faced life. I find comfort in knowing that the Tortured One offered mercy on the cross, and still offers it today.
Yes, I find hope in the resurrection; but I find grounding in knowing that God grieves and identifies with my suffering.
Written by Anton Flores-Maisonet for Red Letter Christians
Art credit: “Study for Crucifixion” by Graham Sutherland as photographed by Scott Gunn via Flickr.