“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Each Lenten season we remember that the work of the cross is finished for all time: God's righteousness and justice are satisfied by God's own mercy and love in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Only this kind of radical act against sin and death could make a mockery of the most brutal form of capital punishment ever invented. Only this love could turn images of torture into symbols of beauty.
In this all-silk design, the crown of thorns, three drops of blood still fresh on its thorns, is hung on an empty nail cross, like tools stored at the end of a job.