It strikes me that this Good Friday, April 10th 2020, in the midst of global lockdown during COVID-19, is a truly symbolic celebration with meanings for us all.Tessa Fyffe
The Gospel according to John chapter 18 verse 1 to chapter 19 verse 42 contains The Passion of our Lord. Here are some extracts.
19:17….So they took Jesus and led Him away; so He went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called, The Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.
v18. There they crucified Him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
v19. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross, it read ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’.
v25……but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
v30…….Jesus said “It is finished”, and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
It strikes me that this Good Friday, April 10th 2020, in the midst of global lockdown during COVID-19, is a truly symbolic celebration with meanings for us all.
Perhaps the death of Jesus on Good Friday can be aligned to the changing face of life on earth as we know it…….the winter before the springtime…….the pain that comes before birthing new life……. the darkness of sickness before the light of restoration and healing……the cycle of death and life.
By immersing ourselves into the pain and humiliation and torture and suffering and ultimately, the death of Jesus, we can also imagine a death to those parts of our lives that bring us down, the habits that harm our minds and bodies, the choices we have made that have brought us to a low point in our lives, that we want to change.
We are the hidden faces at the foot of the cross in Terence’s painting above. Look at it……….. you can leave all those bad choices, habits, people, at the foot of the cross. You can make a decision to do that today. You can intend to throw off all your excess baggage that is preventing you from running the race of your life. Let it all die, with Jesus, on the cross. Leave it at the foot of the cross.
Intend to start afresh…………and start a ‘new’ life, as Jesus does for us all when he conquers death and is risen on Easter Sunday.