The image of Jesus on the cross is the image of the Father’s mercy ministering to all.
John 18: 1 – 19: 42
Jesus’ acceptance of the cross was in keeping with his mission to be the Mercy of the Father in a world that needed mercy. Mercy has to do with forgiving a wrong or lifting someone up who is in the gutter. Jesus did both. He exercised a ministry of forgiveness toward many and he lifted up those who suffered sickness, isolation, condemnation, poverty and even death.
Jesus’ cross is both forgiveness and lifting up. Through it sin and death are conquered once and for all. Through it people are forgiven and the world is raised up. The image of Jesus on the cross is the image of the Father’s mercy ministering to all.
Jesus shows that mercy overcomes and transforms in the parables of: “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10: 29 – 37); “The Lost Sheep” (Luke 15: 4 – 7); “The Lost Coin” (Luke 15: 8 – 10); “The Lost Son” (Luke 15: 11 – 32); “The Unforgiving Debtor” (Matthew 18: 23 – 35).