Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)
Good Friday is the day Christians declare that “God is dead… We have killed him – you and I! We are all his murderers.” The Saturday following is the observance that Jesus lay in the tomb. For Christians, we await the resurrection that comes Sunday. The Apostles, however, were not offered an immediate explanation: the crucifixion was met with confusion and desperation. Behind our explanations of Christ’s death, we must not forget the tragedy of the divine separation of the Son from the Father. We need to take this tragedy — this divine separation — more seriously.
What if we read Christ’s death in Mark’s gospel with us keeping the relationship of the Trinity in mind? I argue that this should be a foundational reading to truly grasp the weight of Christianity.
Before I dive into this topic, I’d like to echo the sentiments of G.K. Chesterton:
“I approach a matter more dark and awful than it is easy to discuss; and I apologize in advance if any of my phrases fall wrong or seem irreverent“. But in my tip-toeing around sacred ground, I want to ask: How seriously do we take “the cry from the cross: The cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God”?
Another post of mine on The Unitive for Holy Saturday!