And so they led him up the hill, and they nailed him to a cross, and they watched him bleed and die.
From Frederick Buechner’s Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith:
“What was brought to completion by such a life and such a death only he can know now, wherever he is, if he is anywhere. The Christ of it is beyond our imagining. All we can know is the flesh and blood of it, the Jesus of it. In that sense, what was completed was at the very least a hope to live by, a mystery to hide our faces before, a shame to haunt us, a dream of holiness to help make bearable our night.