Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani | Greenbelt 2004
taken by Steve Collins
I do not want him taken off that cross. I spend most of my spiritual energy keeping Jesus on that cross, victorious, filled with hope. When I get the chance to preach, a buddy of mine always says to me "...get to the hope faster...". This is odd feedback for me - I am an optimist and filled with enthusiasms galore.
For me, there is no more true statement of faith than "the Gospel is bad news before it is good news". The son of God was killed by those he lived with, those who awaited his glorious reign. The authorities looked for a way out, for a loophole that would allow them to let this prophet go free. But we villagers would have none of it. So we killed him. And now he is dead.