Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by Salvador Dali, 1954

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by Salvador Dali, 1954

God becomes a victim

Good Friday is curiously named. It is the memorial of the worst sin ever committed–the murder of God's Son by God's people. It is of course a paradox that this should be a good thing and not the sin which would condemn all humanity forever. Jesus seems to know this when he says that "when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself" (John 12:32), indicating at once the type of death he will die and what his death will accomplish. The crucifixion which we remember today is rightly a sombre and sobering experience and it leaves us awestruck as we think of how Christ uniquely faced his own unjust suffering and death at the hands of sinners for the sake of bringing those sinners to himself, to God.

Jesus on Good Friday became a victim of great sin in order to save sinners. The Apostle Paul supposes that if this is the case then there is nothing which can separate us from the love of God; neither death nor life, angels nor powers, present things nor things to come (Romans 8:31-39). If God in Christ is present in the most grievously wicked act humanity could ever commit, perhaps he is present in some sense in all those sins which beset us today.

In response to this, is there anything more appropriate than thanksgiving?

Join a Good Friday gathering this evening. Many from Downtown Hope will be joining Centerpoint at 7pm.