It has become typical, at Easter, to discuss the physical ordeal that Jesus was made to bear.
This isn’t a bad thing. To be crucified was a torturous ordeal, and knowing the details sometimes helps us to understand that. The full physical measure of the agony Jesus was made to bear in the human body matters. It is important, and it is fundamental to our understanding of the Easter story.
But I think sometimes that in our desire to focus on the physical nature of the crucifixion, we sometimes de-emphasize the spiritual nature and the unseen aspects of what Jesus endured, all of which can be encapsulated in His cry from Matt. 27:46:
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
We lack the words and perhaps the intellect, in this…
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