Here we find Humanity and Divinity side by side
once again, like Adam and Eve residing in Eden with the Creator,
Humanity and Divinity are involved in the bending of eternity.
From the certainty of Creation to the chaos
of freewill and now on Calvary....the certainty of the Lord! Here
we see Man and God thrown upon the mound of human disgrace.. bound
and hanging by the ever so fragile chord of life.
Just outside of the gate of Jerusalem a crowd
gathers around the city's greatest garbage heap. The smell of injustice,
corruption and death permeates the air. The shouts and taunts hurled
at the Messiah sour the Passover season. But high above the commotion
below- hanging on their crosses---- Humanity and Divinity meet face
We see two prisoners condemned to death for
robbery. We see Jesus condemned to death for bringing life! The
scene seems to be about choices.
One thief collaborates with the authorities
who have condemned him to his own death. By jeering Christ, this
man joins the conspiracy of not only his own death but also in the
crucifixion of Jesus. He taunts Christ and dares Christ to save
Himself from his captors; not unlike the devil taunting Christ in
the desert years before.
But the other thief rises above the shouts and
rises above the authorities that have placed him in this situation.
He finds the strength to turn his head and show
his face to Christ. He asks for remembrance while proclaiming the
Messiah's innocence. Because of his belief he is promised life in
the Kingdom of Heaven.
We are like the two prisoners on the crosses
of Calvary.... hanging on the fragile thread between life and death;
bound to our crosses by the secular, independent, individualistic
society of which we are presently members. Bound by the distractions
and obligations of this world, we often times forget our spiritual
Thankfully tonight the members of three congregations
join in worship to observe this Good Friday.
Three congregations.... three congregations
able to comfortably sit in this one sanctuary!! The distractions
of this world have become self evident.
We have choices!....... Like the one thief we
can turn towards the saving grace of Jesus Christ - break the grip
of this secular life and live eternally in God's Holy Plan; or we
can choose to be like the other thief and join the forces of this
world that condemn God's ways.... Turn our face away from the Light
of the world and bend our deaf ears to the calling of Christ.
By the Grace of God, may we as a people, as
a nation and as a world, ....... choose wisely. Amen