What the figure on a cross represents is the zeal of eternity to partake of the sufferings of time. According to the metaphor, Christ gave up the idea of God. Again, this is in Saint Paul, in Philippians: And he came down and took the form of a servant, even to death on the cross. This is a zealous yearning for participation in the sorrows of the world.
The figure on the Cross
-- Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell, Archive audio L0845 – Interview with John Lobell
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