I see it this way : God is part of the human experience. Constantly.
I believe that God uniquely joined with the one called Jesus and through him embodied the will and desire of God. I hear in the NT gospels the constant pull of God toward healing, God’s compassion for all human suffering, and God’s dreams for a more just creation.
When Jesus was executed / crucified, I see the worse of human power brutalizing and silencing truth. God doesn’t answer. Death happens. God allows the silence to speak.
And then God raises Jesus up from death. God heals Jesus even from death itself.
This is the central proclamation of the Christian faith: God is our Creator force whose hallmark is life, healing, and restoration. Along with others of the Christian community, I bear witness to God’s drive to heal and restore the world. I have been healed. Over and over again.
And in death, even then, I will be healed and rise.
These are the central powers of God. And this is what Jesus, the Cross, the silence, and the Resurrection mean to me.
Image: “White Crucifixion,” Marc Chagall, 1938