Today, God is dead.

We have made it to the cross.

We began our journey on Ash Wednesday.

We have descended into the valley of Lent.

And now we are at the bottom.

 

We are at the foot of the cross.

High above us hangs the Messiah that we waiting and hoped for in Advent.

High above us is Jesus who called his followers from their fishing boats

and then healed the sick

and cast out demons

and taught in synagogues

 

High above us hangs the Christ who rode into Jerusalem a King

and the crowds shouted Hosanna, they shouted save now.

and the Christ ate with his disciples and gave them new bread and new wine.

 

High above us hangs the God nailed to a cross

by the same crowds who called him King,

by the best political and religious authorities of the day

by those whose power was most threatened by a God who had come close.

 

High above us hangs the symbol of our greatest power.

We have put God to death.

 

God_is_DeadToday, God is dead.

 

We have made it to the bottom of the valley of the shadow of death

And along the way we heard the shouts of Hosanna and crucify him come from our lips.

And along the way we felt the what it was like to hold the hammers and the nails in our hands.

And along we way we knew that the only way we could try to be God, to be our own little gods would be to use our most god like power.

 

Death.

 

God came to us.

God showed us his face.

God healed our infirmities.

God reconciled our shame

God called us out of our brokenness

God forgave of us our sin.

 

And all we could do was respond with death.

 

God_Is_Dead_by_deviantkupoGod is dead.

And creation killed God.

And humanity killed God.

And we killed God.

 

We are at the foot of the cross.

High above us hangs the greatest symbol of our power.

A dead God.

 

And little do we know.

God has come to show us, to heal us, to reconcile us, to call us, to forgive us.

God has come to receive our judgement and to take our death.

 

As the Messiah hangs, as the Christ hangs, as Jesus hangs, as God hangs, God is gathering us all beneath the cross.

Beneath death.

Beneath not just God’s death, but all death.

Humanity’s death

Creation’s death

All of our death.

Because death is our power.

 

But God has an even greater power.

God is gathering us at the foot of the cross. To show us greater power.

God is going to turn all of our death into something different.

Into something new.

 

God is dead.

And yet God is not ended.

And yet God is not over.

And yet God is not finished.

 

God is transforming death.

God is transforming us.

God is transforming everything.

 

cross-silhouette1God is not ended, death is ended.

God is not over. Death is over.

God is not finished. Death is finished.

 

We have made it to the cross.

We have come to the bottom of the valley, to the shadow of death

To the shadow of the cross.

 

And it is the here.

 

God is making all things new.

God is making us new.

God is making death into life.

High above us hangs Jesus the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, Jesus God in flesh.

Jesus who is putting death to death.

Jesus who is God’s great power.

Jesus who is life.

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