Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lifted Up

Jesus said to them,
"When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me. John 8


We know that it is on the cross that Jesus will be lifted up. And it is when we gaze upon the crucified Jesus that we see that he is the great I AM of the prophecies, He is God most high who has become become God most low for us. “Nowhere is God greater than in this humiliation," writes the theologian, J├╝rgen Moltmann. "Nowhere is God more divine than in this disfigured humanity.” God is crucified love.

Peter Paul Rubens, Raising of the Cross, 1610, oil on panel, central panel: 460 × 340 cm, Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp.