We are facing the greatest crisis of our age. We have not heard about such a pandemic and encountered such an experiences which break our emotions. It began as a small Flu in Wuhan in China in the month of December and slowly outbreak into a pandemic spreading throughout the world. Now, Covin-19 has become a global terror devastating all systems of life and segregating each one of us into private confinements. Nations of the world is struggling to handle the unprecedented situation that humankind ever faced in history.
W“Social distancing” followed by ‘close down’ and ‘lock down’ has become the outcome of this pandemic. People has been forced to withdraw from public gatherings into private confinements of home and other places. We are in the experiences of distancing, disconnection, domestication and desertification for healthy precaution and public safety. The closure of all religious institutions such as churches around the world has prompted us to the new practices of prayer and worship through virtual media.
We are called to interpret the real meaning of cross of Calvary subjected to our own historic human experiences. The four New Testaments gospel each tells us how Jesus’s life led to His death on the Roman cross. Jesus resisted the ideology of exploitation and exclusion of Roman rule, resulted in crucifixion. The Roman practice of crucifixion was barbaric, involving bloody brutality. Indeed, the Romans wanted to leave the victim alive on the cross as long as possible. From a Roman perspective, the horror of crucifixion was the horror of social shame.
Cross of Calvary narrates the story and historicity of the passion of Jesus and the saving character of the suffering people. In other words, both the saving character of the salvation of Jesus and the saving character of the history of crucified humankind are clarified in the cross. The Cross of Jesus Christ is God’s intentional method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is that God Himself offered salvation by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as atonement for our sins. This atonement, a free, unmerited, undeserved gift, provides each of us the singular path to eternal salvation. Jesus knew that his death was necessary in order to bring eternal life to those who believed in him.
Peter Newman in the, “The Meaning of the Cross”, says “Our faith must begin and end at the Cross. The trouble is that many Christians have bypassed the Cross and are trying to be moral by their willpower and self-effort rather than trusting in the indwelling power of Christ to transform them (Galatians 3:3) But if we attempt to build our spiritual life by any other foundation than Christ crucified, we are doing so by our natural strength.”
Where is cross in the situation of pain and pandemic? Yes cross has been reinstated from Calvary to our own context and into our own experiences of bewildering. The pain and cry that aroused from the cross of Calvary is resonating in our spaces through our brothers and sisters struggling for life afflicted and infected by corona virus. The resurrection is happening every day for each patient who resist the deadly virus and enjoys healing through the prayerful touch of the care takers.
The cross calls us to a much more radical action, because it summons us to the imitation of Christ. The cross becomes not only the center of redemptive history but also the fulcrum upon which the logic of the world is turned upside down. Shame is transformed into glory, foolishness into wisdom, and humiliation into exaltation. The cross is the throne from which Christ saves and heals the world.
Let’s pray without ceasing, worship the Lord with repentance, serve the Lord with humility and tranquility.
May the Good Lord bless us and keep us safe!