Friday, April 2, 2010
A Short Reflection of the Crucifixion
It is Good Friday, A time that many around the world reflect on the event of the crucifixion of Jesus. When I think about the cross and what it means I am always reminded of Jesus’ ministry, the three years that are recorded within the four gospels.
Jesus’ essential message was, “Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand.” His teachings were saturated with and centered around Love, a love that always requires more than what is expected. He performed miracles, not as proof that He was God, but rather, to give others a glimpse of the Kingdom which he proclaimed.
So I see the cross as the ultimate example/definition of his message, victory through defeat, strength in weakness. A silence that spoke louder than any word could ever speak. The cross demanded that we put down our swords, and that this Kingdom being proclaimed was not to be of this world. There is a New Way of doing things. The Empire has been defeated and Caesar has been dethroned.
The cross is ugly, violent and beautiful at the same time. It brings with it the peace of God while at the same times causes us to question His very existence. And it is an action that demands reaction. It is more than merely a belief or a doctrine; rather it is a lifestyle, a death that is to be lived out daily by those who claim to believe.