"There is good biblical evidence that God not only suffered in Christ, but that God in Christ suffers with his people still. . . . It is wonderful that we may share in Christ's sufferings; it is more wonderful still that he shares in ours."
- John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ
"Unless God is on the balance and throws his weight as a counterbalance, we shall sink to the bottom of the scale. If it is not true that God died for us, but only a man died, we are lost. But if God's death and God lie dead in the opposite scale, then his side goes down and we go upward like a light or empty pan. But he could not have sat in the pan unless he became a man like us, so that it could be said: God dead, God's passion, God's blood, God's death."
- Martin Luther, Formula of Concord
"It is a good think to learn early that God and suffering are not opposites but rather one and the same thing and necessarily so; for me, the idea that God himself suffers is far and away the most convincing piece of Christian doctrine."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison