It is Friday.
Today we live in Darkness. Today we sit and worship in the shadow of cross.
We have heard Christ’s story of passion.
We have heard of humanity’s betrayal.
We have heard of his suffering and death.
But we have not come to kill Jesus again.
We have not come to grieve and mourn his death again.
We are not reliving the crucifixion again,
We are not nailing Jesus to the cross again.
Today we remember.
We remember our part in the story. Our shame and our pride.
We remember that when faced with God in flesh, when faced with God with us,
we put God to death.
We remember that humanity at its best, humanity’s finest minds, finest scholars, finest religious authorities, finest soldiers…. our best and finest understanding of the divine,
led us to kill God.
This is Good Friday.
It tells us who we are.
It tells us who try to be.
It tells us what happens when we try to be God in God’s place.
We are threatened by anything that would take away
We couldn’t stand the idea of being able to see God face to face.
We couldn’t stand the idea of God telling us that we were wrong, that were are not God
We couldn’t stand the idea that we didn’t control what God wanted, what God said, what God did, what God thinks.
How could we not be in control?
We believe we are God,
we know what WE want,
what WE say,
what WE do,
what WE think.
So when we met God face to face,
When Jesus healed, preached, taught, fed, exorcized demons and raised the dead to life
When Jesus let us see God, and that we are not God.
We plotted, planned, schemed and betrayed.
When we met God face to face,
We said no.
We used our greatest tool. Our strongest statement. Our godlike power.
Death. We put Jesus to death.
When God came to us face to face,
God said yes.
God took our greatest tool, our strongest statement, our godlike power
God accepted our death
And then God did what he had come to do.
And then God said what he had come to say.
And then God gave us his greatest tool, his greatest statement, his real godlike power.
God gave us himself.
God gave us his life.
God gives us New Life.
And the cross which stands so tall,
no longer stands for death.
The cross which stands so tall
now stands for life.
We tried to make the cross say no
But God has made it say yes.
We have tried to be like God
But God has come to be like us.
We tried to control God with death
But God will not be controlled
Life will not be controlled
Love will not be controlled
Forgiveness will not controlled
Grace will not be controlled.
God will not be controlled.
God has come to love us
God has come to forgive us
God has come to show us grace
God has come to give us life.
It is Friday.
It is Good Friday.
It is God’s Friday.