We journey to the cross during this season because we need to join in Jesus’ death. We need to enter into the suffering of our Lord because it is in his suffering that our salvation is found. It is in his death that our lives our redeemed; in his resurrection that we also rise.
Jesus was surely cursed for having hung on a tree – we are surely blessed because he was. His death and resurrection meant the redemption of the whole world. By his wounds we are healed, and by his death we live.
This is why we take time every year in the church to intentionally, depressingly journey to the cross. It is worth dying with Christ again, and again, and again, so that we might all rise with him to new life forever.