As He hung in His bitter agony, each one of us was on His mind. That is what kept Him alive for three long hours hanging between heaven and earth: us. That is Love.
Father encouraged us to also look at the back of the crucifix.
What do you see? Empty space.
He suggested that the empty space is for us.
When we are suffering, we can place ourselves up on that cross and share our suffering with Christ.
Suffering differs for each person experiencing it, but it is always a gateway to grace, if we allow it to be.
Jesus has His arms outstretched for two reasons I believe. The first is that they are open to God's will for Him. He did not die curled up in a ball, hiding His face. He died, arms outstretched, saying here I Am, Father, doing Your will.
The second being that when we are suffering and in our own agony, if we place ourselves on the back of the cross, Jesus' arms are outstretched in a defensive position.
I like this image; a crossing guard standing on the corner, arms outstretched, keeping the school kids from walking into traffic.
So don't worry: HE'S GOT YOUR BACK.
Call on Him. Let Him protect you from despair, anger, depression and the desire to give up. Give Him your suffering and let Him give you His love.