Waiting and Good Friday

God was killed on Good Friday.

Jesus, God in the flesh, was nailed to the cross and died.

The greatest lover of humanity was mocked, abused, and murdered.

The empire crushed its opposition. Religious leaders crushed their competition.

What is there to do?

Grieving and mourning have center stage.

Good Friday is marked by crushed hopes and expectations.

 Dreams of freedom died with his last breath.

Good Friday was not good.

Darkness covered the face of the earth. The created had killed their Creator.

God was buried.

Unwittingly, the seed of hope and new life was planted.

What is there to do?

Wait for the resurrection.

We do not wait as those who do not know the beginning of the story.

We wait as those who have heard that the tomb is empty.

We patiently wait for a time when wars, hunger, disease, and thirst will end once and for all.

We wait in a time of economic and political uncertainty for a time of peace and prosperity.

We wait in a time of deep division and envy for a time of community and satisfaction.

We wait.

The resurrection happened and will happen.

Light vanquishes darkness.

Love conquers hate.

Joy defeats sorrow.

We wait as people with great hope.

One thought on “Waiting and Good Friday

  1. My friend, Terry Clees sent me this quote from N.T. Wright.

    “After Good Friday comes Holy Saturday, the day of waiting, waiting without hope, without knowing what will come next. Go down deep into Holy Saturday, because once again you are called away from the public arena — extroverts in particular find this hard — and into the stillness where you don’t understand, you don’t have an agenda to work on, you don’t know what it is you want or expect God to do. Without the still, dark privacy of Holy Saturday, the new kind of public message which is the resurrection of Jesus could turn simply into a shallow or angry response to the taunts and violence of Good Friday, answering the world in its own terms. The church is sometimes tempted to do that, to huff and puff and charge off to ‘defend’ God and the gospel. Holy Saturday commands us to lay down our swords and wait: wait without thought, says Eliot, for you are not yet ready for thought.” ~ N.T. Wright

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