What can one say about a day such as this?
Jesus is betrayed, deserted, mocked, shamed, suffers and, in the end, dies. For 2000 years, Christians have been wrestling with what we can say about a day such as this. Did God plan it this way? Is there some overarching rationale, or was it just another ugly, scandalous, brutal death?
God is not set against Jesus. If there to be any harmony, any coherence, any divine logic about this day, it must be that God was with Jesus and in Jesus through it all. And so we can say with assurance that God suffered and died on the cross with Jesus.
But what about us? Is it we who betrayed, deserted, mocked, shamed and killed God in Christ? There are days in my life when I can, upon reflection, recognize that possibility in the way in which I have treated others. And with Judas, I weep at the thought.
But on this day, when God joined Jesus in his dying, we can assure ourselves that there is no place that God hasn’t been before, even death. On those other days, when we ourselves suffer unto death; we can know that God is with us, all because of this day that we call Good.
And besides, soon it will be Sunday.
The Reverend W. Bruce McPherson
Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42