Theology of the cross
There’s a theme and a consistency that runs through U2 songs -It’s the Theology of the cross. In the theology of the cross we face the truth of life, of failure, of abandonment, of longing, all experienced by Jesus on the cross. Because the risen Christ bears the marks of the cross, the marks of suffering and death, the Christian life lightens the darkness but it does not repress it. The darkness does not go away but the cross enables us to deal with it.
“There’s cathedrals and the alleyways in our music. I think the alleyway is usually on the way to the cathedral, where you can hear your own footsteps and you’re slightly nervous and looking over your shoulder and wondering if there’s someone following you. And then you get there and you realise there was someone following you: it’s God”
-Bono (lead singer of U2)
You see, God reveals himself to us by hiding in the middle of our existence. In reality, we’ve never seen God, but we know Jesus Christ, God in flesh who has come close to us in the midst of our broken and messed up reality. The God on the cross is a powerful image, used by writers, musicians, painters. The God on the cross reveals the extent of his love for us.
That is why easter is such a great time to introduce people to God. Everyone knows pain, everyone can relate to suffering. Everyone is looking for love.
The book of Ecclesiastes sums up the human condition is such a beautiful way.
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
- Ecclesiastes 3:11
If this is true, and I believe it is, then it seems to me that despite ourselves, whether we like it or not we are compelled by our very being to search for God. He’s right there, reaching out to us all through our lives, all we need to do is notice him and grab a hold.
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