LOVE AT THE APEX OF SUFFERING
In case we have the mistaken notion, that God is distant and cannot empathize with our distress; there is a great example of God’s love expressed in the Crucifixion.
In the final hours before death, we stand at the bedside of a Holy Love. We cannot help but be changed as we draw close to the relational exchange that took place during the sufferings of God.
The apex is the climax or highest point. In Christ’s death we find love at the apex of suffering. If we are to be loved and find love in our sufferings, we must learn about God’s experience of suffering.
The noonday darkness is both prophetic and poetic. While it was likely an eclipse that can be easily explained scientifically, it must be interpreted theologically.
When there is suffering, there is darkness with it. As people die, there may be a dimming of vision before there is light. The common daylight is interrupted in suffering as our heart is overshadowed by pain. The winter chill intensifies with the setting sun.
The darkness reminds us that the Creator has synchronicity in aligning the celestial bodies in such a way as to cast physical darkness over the spiritual darkness of this suffering. Something unusual was being spoken as the common day was interrupted. The effect would be surreal and ominous, signifying that mankind is helpless to prevent what is happening. It is not in us to stop the crucifixion of Christ anymore than we can stop the alignment of planets. We must not lose sight of the fear and dread of the crucifixion. God wants us to feel its shadow.