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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Andrea In Fine Form.
Good Friday, Andrea Williams reflects on the weight of humanity's sending Jesus
to the cross, and the good news that through his resurrection, he turned "our
darkest days to light".
strangest of realisations came upon me in recent weeks. As a member of the
General Synod of the Church of England I am part of the 'religious
establishment' of 21st Century Britain.
February we were unable to proclaim God's clear and perfect Truth on marriage as
Jesus makes clear in Matthew 19. We rejected Jesus' words and so rejected
realised, in a profound and fresh way, that if Jesus were on trial today, we
were the religious leaders that would put him to death. We do not care about him
enough to be prepared to come into conflict with the world.
don't want to single out the Church of England. As I work and bring cases in the
Courts another realisation came to me. As Judges punish those that are in
trouble just for loving Jesus and for being obedient to him then they too would
be the Judges that would condemn Jesus to death and wash their hands of his
then there is the baying crowd that chose Barabbas, that refused to speak up for
justice… so, all of us. I tend to think that if I had been there in Jerusalem on
the darkest of days I would have spoken out and stopped the injustice. But would
in Eden plunged creation into chaos. Sin at Babel marked the collective pride of
mankind. And while every sin is an act of rejecting God, humanity's wickedness
reached new heights in the horrifying events of Good Friday.
we love Jesus, we know that there is glorious life and victory to come on Easter
Sunday, but to get there we must pass directly through the darkness of Good
Friday. We must remember the day when human malice broke barriers and reached
levels of previously unmatched atrocity. The Messiah, the King, the one who came
to save mankind, was nailed to a tree, and left to die.
could have come in judgement. He could have punished us as we deserve. But he
sent Jesus in love. He sent him to save us, to put things right, to bring life,
we did not welcome him.
apostle Peter preached to the crowd at Solomon's Colonnade:
handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had
decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a
murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life…" (Acts
tempting to point the finger – to say "I wasn't
there, it was the religious leaders". But every time we don't advocate for
Jesus' righteousness we deny him, we turn away, and we cry "let
him be crucified".
do not stand apart from this. Whether we are part of the religious
establishment, part of the judiciary or part of the crowd, this is what we do to
Jesus. Humanity has never heaped upon itself more self-condemning guilt than on
Good Friday. This simple phrase — you killed — pierces through all vain
was a conspiracy to kill the man who is God, and success in the evil plot has
stained our hands with God's own blood, blood on the hands of both those that
schemed and those that acquiesced.
is why Good Friday was the most horrible sin the world ever witnessed. And this
year I understand it in a new way.
day we killed God
Friday is the day on which human beings — human beings who wanted to be like
gods — killed the God who became human; the day on which the Holy One of God,
God himself, truly dies, voluntarily and yet because of human guilt — without
any seed of life remaining in him. Good Friday is not, like winter, a
transitional stage — no, it is genuinely the end, the end of guilty humanity and
the final judgment that humanity has pronounced upon itself.
God's history among human beings had ended on Good Friday, then the final
pronouncement over humankind would be guilt, rebellion, godlessness,
meaninglessness and despair.
our faith would be futile.
is the awful memory Good Friday presses on us.
our culture, all our art, all our learning, all our hopes, have come to a
meaningless end once we have heaped on our own heads the murder of God's only
God, the story doesn't end here, but Good Friday presses us to imagine if it
did. What if the story ended at the cross? What if the God-rejecting sin of
humanity wrought despair to life now and nothing short of a godforsaken despair
sinful mankind does not get the last word. How appropriate the prayer of the
dying Christ — "Father,
forgive them, for they know not what they do".
continued in Jerusalem:
fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But
this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying
that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins
may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he
may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus." (Acts
turned the darkest of days to light.
Jesus, we can be forgiven. And if we truly repent, he promises to wipe out our
sins, to remember them no more. He promises times of refreshing.
to the crowd, who said "His
blood be on us and on our children". Even to the judges. Even to the
religious establishment. Even to all people, to nations.
is the darkest of days, yet it is good. Christian Concern.