when Jesus is ‘glorified,’
lifted up and hung on a cross,
displaying God’s glory
in the shame, degradation, brutality,
and sacrifice of His crucifixion,
and by this means returning to the glory
He shared with the Father
before the world began.
is in a bloody instrument of torture
because that is where God’s goodness was most displayed.
but we must also sing, ‘On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame’ -
because there God displayed His glory in Christ Jesus,
who thus became our tabernacle, our temple,
the meeting place between God and human beings.”