Where were you when the World Trade Center fell?
That’s a defining moment for a generation. And one of the things I remember about it was how they played that footage, over and over, for days.
It got so that we knew every plume of smoke, every flame, ever smashed detail of those buildings. Watching that horror was terrible every single time. It didn’t get easier. I don’t know about you, but every single time I wanted it to stop. There was a part of me that was in denial. Each time it began, I wanted so much for it to end differently.
But of course it could not. It had already happened. That news footage was merely replaying what had gone on before.
Jesus knows the crucifixion has to happen. He tells his followers who don’t really here him. But he knows it’s going to go on.
I believe that the crucifixtion is many things. One of them is replay of what happened in the Garden of Eden. It’s like the camera’s have shifted, though, and now we’re seeing it from a different perspective.
The book of Genesis focuses on what it was like for the humans who betrayed God.
The Gospels focus on what it is was like for God when humans betrayed him.
If the Genesis account focused on humanity’s fear and foolishness, then the Gospel account focuses on the ways that God was hurt by these actions.
The crucifixion itself was inevitable. Among other things, it was a replay of what had already happened. God made himself vulnerable. God was betrayed. We chose to go on with out him. Then things got ugly.