Good Friday is the most iconic day in the yearly calendar, a comprehensive statement of historical significance that reminds us all of the profound over arching narrative of christian religion.
For many Easter is nothing more than a wonderful holiday gift that gives us paid leave in order to rest and relax. For others it is a sacred time of reflecting on the value that faith gives to our moral fabric and transcendent consideration, a moment to contemplate the place that we give God in our lives.
For Christianity Jesus is the centre of attention, the incarnation of God who redefined what it means to be human at a time in history where the world needed a new archetype for how we could live fully alive. The ironic twist of fate that would occur in his death would become the central idea of how God intervenes in how we think about life as an eternal equation, not so much as an afterlife guarantee but a divine/human collaboration for the here and now.
Somehow in our human evolution we got all twisted up in our understanding of God, thinking that the divine was thoroughly disappointed and enraged by our behaviour, and blatant disregard for all things proper, and entered history to put the record straight. Unfortunately many have rejected the church's long standing message of atonement and the proposed agenda behind our easter narrative.
The gospel of “Christ crucified” intrinsically signaled that the gospel challenged the way the authorities and the powers put the world together. The gospel was an anti-imperial vision of what the world should be like. Early Christianity in the New Testament and for its first few centuries was an anti-imperial movement. That’s why Jesus was crucified, and why the Christian movement was persecuted. - Marcus Borg
What if this amazing Friday was about how God identifies with the injustices of life and unfairly suffers the indignity of death in order to give us hope and courage to face life in a way that says we are not alone or without some kind of divine support. God is not only one who intervenes on our behalf but also one who somehow allows life to take its course and enters into our travail along the way.
As we move through to resurrection Sunday on this 3 day epic journey we realise that every death somehow needs a resurrection in order to make sense. The cycle of life that we experience in our bodies every day identifies with the demise and reemergence of life. Our innate makeup and cell structure reminds us that we have been designed to shed the old while making way for the new. Even the very act of breathing is a sign that we evicting waste (70% of all waste goes out on the breath) in order to make room for the new breath that sustains us.
'Thank God It Is Friday', because we need holy-days and sacred events to remind us how our lives are more than the sum of our conscious parts, that there is a super-consciousness drawing us into a providential future.
As we go about our weekend duties and preferential agendas may we pause to consider the possibility of a transcendent narrative at work in our lives.