“From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark.”
Cry with the Christ as he cries out words of Scripture which simultaneously echo our wrestling with faith and the victory of God.
“At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, ‘Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you left me?’”
Cry for the Christ as misunderstanding of who he is and what he says continues even as he writhes at death’s door.
“After hearing him, some standing there said, ‘Look! He’s calling Elijah!’ Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, ‘Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.’”
Cry with the Christ as he, the innocent one, bears the full penalty of our sin and shame.
“But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.”
Cry to the God of Christ of this mixing of holiness and unholiness.
“The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.”
Cry at the thought of Christ, the Son of God, certainly dead.
“When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘This man was certainly God’s Son.’” (Mark 15:33-39 CEB)
In the name of Christ, before his cross, cry.