This week I came across this image from the music artist Madonna.
In the last couple of years we’ve seen a tendency on people to wear The Cross as a fashion artefact. Some examples below
At this occasion I’m not specifically looking to discuss the fashion tendency or either the potential expression of faith of the holders of the artefact
What I would like to bring to your reflection is what happened two thousand years ago: The cross as an icon that should be looked through not at.
I challenge you to look at the cross as an object to be studied or examined. A way to look and see Jesus, God and the world.
In this first note – others will follow – let’s deflect on Jesus and God.
During the recent Lent and Eater celebrations we revived once more the events that lead to Jesus death and resurrection.
At some point during the long process which took Jesus to execution he was taken to the Sanhedrin, key place of the jewish life where the laws were discussed. Present there where the highest of the most knowledge doctors of the law. People that were the highest religious and law authorities of that time. And what happened? They failed to understand Jesus. They couldn’t understand him.
When presented with various witnesses, mounting evidences, dubious motives to testify against Jesus, he seams to act strangely. He kept the silence. Like Mark and Matthews wrote in the gospel when asked if he was the Messiah his answer was ‘so you say’.
First the silence, then a answer that they couldn’t understand as it was a important step toward his condemnation. They couldn’t understand.
Jesus the rabbi of Israel talking to the best of the wisest and they couldn’t understand him.
Jesus, son of God, went to all the condemnation and crucifixion process for a reason, part of God’s Plan for men. The Sanhedrin couldn’t understand him. The crucifixion scene confounds the human wisdom and the expectations of His family, disciples had about the Saviour.
We can’t aim to make our expectations on what God is to us. As Paul said in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, and Luther referred several times in his theology: we cannot think our way to God through what appears to be just common sense. We can not construct an idea of God that is the way we imagine Him, a God we can make sense of, a God we can believe in. That will always be a God that our limited understanding can build, a God made at our own image. We call that an Idol.