I see your cross,
your cross for my sake.
My spirit in dust before the cross. (Gregory Petrov)
“Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). When Jesus says that “the hour has come” for Him to be glorified, it is in response to this request to see Him. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (verse 24).
Our faith is a faith of paradoxes. With the Incarnation, the Infinite became finite, the Eternal became temporal, the Omnipotent became a helpless child. And here, in Holy Week, where we see the end toward which the Incarnation was oriented, we have yet another paradox: the Son of Man will be glorified in His downfall, in His death. It is on the Cross that we see the glory of God.
The world, in the end, is saved by love. Another, more “respectable” god might save the world with great demonstrations of power. Indeed, many expected the Messiah to come and violently throw off the Roman oppressors. But in Jesus, the full character of God is revealed to us. And it is most fully revealed in the paschal mystery that we are, once again, about to enter into this weekend: the cross, the tomb, the harrowing of hell. It is here we see the depth of God’s love for us. The ancient words of the Exulted remind us: “How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a son” (BCP, 287).
In Christ, in His passion and death, we see the truth of who God is, that His “property is always to have mercy.”
“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
See Him set forth before your eyes;
behold the bleeding sacrifice;
His offered love make haste to embrace,
and freely now be saved by grace. (Charles Wesley)
Geoffrey Mackey (STM Student)
Director of Distance Learning
Trinity School for Ministry