Easter; the day God came into our deepest pit
Easter. The crucifixion and resurrection. The cross is more than forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins is but the tip of the iceberg of the fullness of the gospel. Yes we are all in need of forgiveness, having the slate wiped clean in our lives, and yes, forgiveness has taken place.
In Colossians it says “in Christ all the fullness of the Godhead chose to dwell bodily”. That means in Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit was there. The Trinity was in Christ. In some sense, the Trinity was crucified.
If Easter, the crucifixion and resurrection, was only about forgiveness, then bummer for us because we'd just be forgiven in our brokenness. Forgiven brokenness is still brokenness. And it is our brokenness that makes us think we cannot connect with God in meaningful relationship.
God did not crucify Himself. We crucified God. He submitted himself to broken, hurting humanity crucifying Him. Why? It was like He was saying through His actions, “Humanity, I've been trying to reach out to you for all of your wounded history since the fall. But you think that because of your brokenness you cannot come to Me. But I want to show you in this one love act, that I as the full Godhead - Father, Son and Spirit can come in to the utter pit of your human brokenness, depravity and darkness.” That humanity, when you were at your absolute worse, killing the very God of love who created you, there I was - the target of your pain, the venting of your hurt. That in humanity’s darkest moment, the rejection and murder of Creator God who just wanted to be our loving father - in our deepest, ugliest pit, is the Trinity. He does not escape, does not launch a counter attack. He just takes it - the full brunt of it, and loves us at our utter worst. We saw on the cross, a God who is not afraid of our brokenness, but comes into it.
You can find God when you are not wearing your best behaviour religious robes. That we have on display on the cross a God who is willing to go to any length to communicate to us, “No! Your brokenness does not disqualify you from meeting with me. I am there, always there, in the good and the bad.” Come to this God this Easter.