“The cross is the banner of what we do to one another and to God.” – Richard Rohr
Down Off the Cross – Resurrection Series – Part 6
You know, they were right when they said to Jesus as he hung on the cross:
“We heard you boast that you could destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days! Why don’t you save yourself now? If you’re really God’s Son, come down from the cross!” Even the ruling priests, with the Jewish scholars and religious leaders, joined in the mockery and kept on saying, “He saved others, but he can’t even save himself! Israel’s king, is he? He should pull out the nails and come down from the cross right now; then we’ll believe in him! He says he puts all his trust in God, so let’s see if it’s true, and see if God really wants to rescue his ‘favorite son’!”
Because that’s the kind of God, we all want: Warrior King, Almighty Conqueror, Powerful and Victorious. The kind of God that could take himself down off the cross and defeat his foes is the kind of God that could defeat ours, too. Right?
But that’s not what he did.