“You could say I was successful, but success is such a fleeting, arbitrary notion. Who decides what it is? Who determines whether you’ve achieved it? Does being crucified on a dung heap outside the walls of Jerusalem, cursed as someone lower than the beasts, spat upon, and mocked as he cried out in agony, ‘My God, my God, why?’ constitute success? Or to ask the same question another way, what kind of power was Jesus displaying when He was crucified in weakness?”
Mark Chironna, On the Edge of Hope: No Matter How Dark the Night, the Redeemed Soul Still Sings. Minneapolis, MN: Chosen/Baker Publishing Group, 2022, page 155.