Everyone welcome to rejoice in Jesus’ nameGood Friday is a special day for all of us to gather at the foot of Jesus’ cross to observe the event, contemplate its meaning and respond.
By: By Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
Good Friday is a special day for all of us to gather at the foot of Jesus’ cross to observe the event, contemplate its meaning and respond.
There were a number of people who gathered at His crucifixion, for a variety of reasons. There were the Roman soldiers carrying out their gruesome orders. There were the religious leaders making sure the execution was performed while hurling accusations of heresy against Jesus. There were those who followed the procession out of town; some caught up in the emotional frenzy, others merely exercising their curiosity. There were even a few believers in the form of Jesus’ mother, the disciple John, and others, watching the event in horror.
It is no different today. People gather at the cross to observe and respond. Government officials make sure the event does not become too public, as to encroach their turf. There are atheists hurling insults while agnostics scratch their heads and ponder. Cults come to put their heretical spin on its meaning, while the quasi religious look for that comfortable spot, not to close, not too far away, to make their stand. There are believers, watching in the bittersweet understanding that this monstrous crime was for their good.
The good news is everyone is welcome, whatever the purpose. For the real message of the cross is not found in the combined opinions of the people gathered there, but in the statement from the one on the cross. “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.