Reality is not thin. It is thick. It is thick because it does not consist of a single layer. Multiple layers give reality its thickness. They form a stack.
Furthermore, different stories unfold on the different layers of reality. Each layer of reality is a substrate for a story.
In the Crucifixion are two layers of reality. There is a skin of reality and a subcutaneous layer of reality. To see the story that unfolded on the subcutaneous layer of reality, one must look through the bloody wounds as one would look though a telescope. By just looking at the bloody wounds we only see the story that unfolded on the skin of reality. To understand the Crucifixion in its fullness, one must look at the stories that unfolded on both layers of reality. Doing otherwise, distorts the meaning of the Crucifixion.
On the near side of his bloody wounds, we see his ignominious defeat. We see that we tortured and killed him. We see that he suffered and died.
On the far side of his bloody wounds, we see his glorious victory. We see that he emerged from the dead still alive and still in love with us.
That he emerged from the dead still alive is the proof that Jesus is God. Nobody emerges from the black hole of death. He did.
That he emerged from the dead still in love with us is the proof of a detail about divinity that is much more important to us than omnipotence. It proves that our conception of divinity as omnipotence is not quite accurate. It is the proof that God loves us.
There are two details that characterize Jesus
- He is omnipotent and
- He loves us.
He revealed these two details to us by emerging from the black hole of death still alive and still in love with us.
The failure of the evil we did to him to affect his love for us revealed to us the identity of our God.
Christianity tends to focus on the fact that he emerged alive from the black hole of death. Christianity tends to overlook the fact that he emerged from the black hole of death still in love with us.