Fourteenth (final) Station of the Cross: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
– Jesus, Luke 17.33
This may be the most avoided station in our lives: to bury what needs to be buried, even when it’s Jesus.
The few disciples that stayed with Jesus’ dead body had loved him, learned from him, believed in him, and still had the wrong idea about him. Their theology was very off. But their love was pure.
They were convinced that Jesus was the Anointed One who would free them from the Roman dominion over their lives and land. They were wrong. But their love for Jesus was bigger than their idea of him.
This scenario is still very much a reality today. We have wrong theologies, beliefs, opinions, and ideas about Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and everything else. It runs rampant. It also causes a terrible amount of division and damage. Certitude is an idol. When we blindly and strongly believe the theologies about the Anointed One handed to us, we repeat the Pharisaical cycle.
Don’t be afraid to question your beliefs. Don’t be afraid when your beliefs are questioned. Is our faith merely belief? Or is it a Divine Loving Relationship?
It’s okay to bury theologies that are wrong, especially when they are divisive. It’s okay to bury religious opinions that are wrong, especially when they are uninformed and ignorant. It’s okay to bury ideas about God because He is and will always be infinitely bigger than any idea we try confining Him to, and resurrection can’t happen without there first being a burial. Lastly, it’s okay to be wrong. All of the disciples were, yet Jesus’ demeanor remained the same: Love, Invitation, and Relationship. Too many feel like if they bury one part of their theology they must bury the whole thing and walk away. That is truly unfortunate.
Let’s not let our tremendous Faith be reduced to education and right vs wrong. If it were about that, Jesus would’ve spoken plainly, rather than in parables. Thankfully, he is purposefully and powerfully perplexing. Facts, figures, and arguments will never prove our faith because they are not what our faith is about (though many will try).
Let’s let our Faith be about loving Jesus, in all and through all, for that is how Jesus presents himself to us. “There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free (or whatever other kinds of divisions you can dream up): but Christ is all, and in all,” (Colossians 3.11). True love for Christ is greater than love for an idea of Christ (a principal that applies to all relationships).
In silence. In solitude. These are the greatest and most challenging places to begin; where we encounter the testimony of our faith within ourselves. It is the only thing that proves our faith. Find It within yourself and it won’t be so inconceivably difficult to find It in all and through all.
“Christ Jesus, grant me to be with You; at all times, in all ways, in all places. To be with You as You are with me.”