"He opened his arms of love upon the cross"
So goes a line in the liturgy. There are so many ways of seeing the Crucifixion, but one of the most accessible interpretations is that Jesus died to "show us how much he loved us", or to use scripture, that God so loved the world that he sent his only son. You might think that the line above from the liturgy reflects a relatively modern understanding- the touchy feely aspect of God rather than something more daunting and controversial, such penal substitution." Surprisingly though, the quote about opening arms is attributed to Hippolytus, right back in the third century.
Hoping you feel the embrace of Love this Good Friday:)