Mark 15: 33-39
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
When some of those standing n
ear heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
The death of Jesus reminds us that, as we will die, he has died. He has breathed his last as all will do. Yet the resurrection reminds us that as he has risen, we too will rise. The one who was the son of God on earth, is in eternity the Son of God. As he is, we shall be.
Susan Howatch remarks, “It makes all the difference to know there’s someone else screaming alongside you - and that’s the point of the incarnation - I can see that so clearly now. God came into the world and screamed alongside us.”
Lord Jesus, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross, that all people might come within the reach of your saving embrace. Clothe us in your Spirit, that we, stretching out our hands in loving service for others, may bring those who do not know you to an awareness and love of you; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, One God forever! Amen!