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What Does Good Friday Teach Us?

We ought to cringe when looking on the crucifixion.
It is stark. It is ugly. It is about betrayal, and torture,
and execution and abandonment and death.
Why should God have anything to do with us in this?
God should shake God’s head and walk away.
It is beneath God to have anything to do with us.
This is humanity at its very worse.

Which of course is why it is totally unexpected and astonishing,
that God shows up…in the midst of this mess.

And not only that,
but that God goes as far as one can go,
right through all of it,
the betrayal, and torture,
and execution and abandonment,
and right through the valley of the shadow of death.

That’s what Good Friday is teaching us: God goes as far as one can go.
And God does it, to be with us…so that we would not be abandoned,
so that we would be reconciled with God.
God with us.
God is infinitely more devoted than us.
God is steadfast in love.
Right through betrayal. Right through suffering.
Right through the valley of the shadow of death.

-Pastor John DeBevoise

Emil Nolde, “Crucifixion”, 1912
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