“7” Last Statements of Jesus
Spoken from the Cross: Week 4
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned (forsaken) me?” Mark 15:34
I taste the juice of forbidden fruit
dripping from Adam’s mouth.
And in my hand, the dagger
that killed Cain’s brother. My arms
are sore from building Babel.
Abraham’s fear rolls in my gut.
I cling to Sodom as it burns, connive
for the birthright at Isaac’s bedside,
stand by as my sons slaughter a city,
hear the roar of weeping women
whose husbands die by the blade
of my knife. I go into a prostitute
and father two sons by my daughter-in-law.
A slave now free, I wander the desert
longing for Egypt under my feet.
I take the vow of a Nazirite and eat
from the carcass of a dead animal,
kill thirty men for unraveling a riddle.
The men I’ve murdered to marry their women.
The cold shoulder I’ve given to collapse
All of this and more,
borne upon my spirit, every crime
a hornet in my chest. I ask and know
the answer, groan the question anyway,
out of this agony, “My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me?”
~ Sarah M. Wells (C) 2010
This song is from Cindy Morgan’s album The Loving Kind, which is based on the last week in the life of Christ here on earth… from triumphal entry, to the Passover meal, to the garden, and through his trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is a powerful artistic offering reflecting deep study of these passages and what Jesus endured at the hands of the very ones he would die to save. Here’s a dance school working with another piece of music from the same album called Can You Hear Me? reflecting on Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane– BEaUtiful movement!
This post was previously featured as the “7” virtual art-walk series. Click here to find out more. Also, don’t miss the Embodied series during this Lenten season, as well as scripture reflections every Monday.
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
(c) 2018 Jody Thomae
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts and has had the opportunity to perform, teach, choreograph, preach, coordinate and lead workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved.
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.