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Meditation: Good Friday

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Holy Week, Meditation | 0 comments

Good Friday is not simply a moment in time. It’s an event of cosmic proportions that rippled and reverberated in all directions.

As Christ hung on that cross exhaling his final breath, revelation was also exhaled – though not fully realized until Sunday morning – and it stretched back to the beginning and reached to the end.

What was that revelation? God is a God of forgiveness, of reconciliation, not wrath seeking appeasement.

Jesus’s death provides the means to open our eyes to the forgiveness God offers so that we can reunite with the Father. His death wasn’t to pacify an angry tribal deity. The Father is not Moloch sacrificing his Son upon the altar of his wrath. The Father eagerly looks to the horizon and with forgiveness in his hand awaits our return home.

As Brian Zahnd has said…

“God is like Jesus.
God has always been like Jesus.
There has never been a time when God was not like Jesus.
We have not always known what God is like—
But now we do”

 


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