As I think about today, the day that we remember Jesus being placed on the cross, and then the death of Jesus, two things come to mind.
- Who was on the Cross. Many people find issue with the idea that “God”, is punishing “his” “son”, by putting him to death on the cross. However for me this misses a key point, that Christians have one God, and that “God the Father” (the first person of the Trinity) is God, and that “God the Son” (the second person of the Trinity) is God. And that they are both equally God, though the Son is God incarnate and is fully divine and fully human. The missing of the point is seen in the ironic work of Sydney Carter, “It was on a Friday morning” where the narrator has missing the point. To listen to it see here, where N. T. Wright does the singing.
- Was Christ forsaken as many put over, the words on the cross in Matthew 27:45-46
45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’
are in fact the start of Psalm 22, which is much more positive in emphasis.
So my Good Friday reflection is that this is part of a large work of love, but also that what happens here might be worth a closer look.