Week Ending Sunday, April 28, 2019
To Get To Resurrection
We call it Good Friday. I will not go into a discussion of why it is called “Good” as I have covered that ground before; let it suffice to be a day tagged as “Good”. That sounds small and sarcastic, which it is, but it is my difficulty and I don’t know how you see it. I would rather discuss Good Sunday.
Good Sunday, Easter, The Resurrection, the defeat of death, Jesus is not here in the tomb. No matter how you see it, this is the “good” day. This is Easter, the time we celebrate the culmination of Jesus’ time on earth as teacher and master. Yes, I know he is still going to appear and teach, but that is for the disciples, this one is for all of us.
We are in total joy at the phrase, “He is Risen”. So much so we punctuate it with an add-on, “He is Risen, Indeed”. The added emphasis seems to make it official, certifiable, absolute and real. I will go along with that but in my heart and in my mind, I simply think, He is Risen, and I am Saved because of it. The hoopla is there, and I don’t mind joining in the revelry, however, there is a solemnity to Easter that precludes me from dancing around the cross as we do the Christmas tree.
You see, to get to the point of Resurrection Jesus suffered the most inhumane acts devised by man and all because those threatened by the presence of such good wanted to defeat it with such evil as available to make sure it didn’t come back again to haunt them and “turn the tables” on to themselves. So to celebrate the torture of the whip, the humiliation of spit and being stripped, the gouging points of the crown, the carrying of your death tree and to be nailed to it, doesn’t seem a totally glorious moment to me, in spite of the irony that it is the most glorious moment in the history of the earth. Therein lies the conundrum: The Resurrection is the apex of glory for the Son of Man but the journey to arrive at that moment is the abyss of the pit for mankind.
I am sorry and apologize to the Father for what befell his Son. I am blessed and give thanks to the Father for the giving of his Son. Amen.
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