this is the day, the day when christ died. he didn’t die any ordinary death, his was an extraordinary one, one that still impacts us today.
jesus did nothing wrong. he taught the kingdom/queendom of god. he lived fully and loved wastefully. he healed, delivered, comforted, raised from the dead, and fed many.
what he did “wrong” to his enemies was that he wanted to bring god back into the picture-a picture distorted by the religious elite of his day. also, he spoke truth to power-the power that was abused from jerusalem to rome. jesus spoke of god’s kingdom/queendom-a realm not dictated by temporary human politics, but by the eternal truth of the divine.
and for all that, jesus was tried all night long in a kangaroo court, taken before herod and pilate-both who really (according to history) didn’t give a damn about the man. then jesus suffered torture at the hands of the guards-a first century victim of police brutality. then jesus was given a cross to carry through the mean streets of jerusalem, through jeering and abusive crowds that shouted “hosanna” only a few days earlier.
then jesus suffered the worst fate anyone could suffer-especially a jew-death by crucifixion. it was a painful death the romans used for state criminals. the condemned-after carrying their own cross-was suspended on the cross for all to see in such a way that they won’t die right away-it could take days. their crime was placed on a placard atop the cross for all to see. their family would have to watch helplessly as their loved one hung in humiliation. the condemned was exposed to the elements and even to animals that would start on their dying body. then after death, the body was tossed in a rubbish heap; unfit for jewish or roman burial.
after being on the cross, jesus finally died after submitting his spirit to the father/mother. then jesus was taken down and buried in a new tomb. end of story.
many of us would say that, “jesus died for my sins.” however, i beg a different question: what did jesus died for, and who-or what-killed him? think about it this good friday.
oh, by the way. you’re wondering why i’m writing this post in lower-case? you see, after what jesus has been through for what he did for us, everything else seems “lower case.”
grace and peace.
image: “exit only” gate from deserted amusement park, keansburg, nj.