On Good Friday, God made it clear ?that we are incapable of setting things right.? He made it clear by taking our place. On the Cross, ?the Judge of the guilty is Himself judged guilty.? This is, of course, the great scandal, one that paradoxically points to the great truth at the heart of Good Friday: We are powerless to set things right, and only God, the offended party, could undo the mess we created.
The Cross?God?s way of bearing witness to the truth about our condition?is as offensive today as it was two thousand years ago. Now, as then, we insist on misinterpreting the events of that Friday afternoon, but to no avail. Our sin has been judged, and God Himself bore the punishment. And that is the truth about everything.
For further reading and information:
Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross (Basic Books, 2001).
Roberto Rivera, ?The Truth about Everything,? BreakPoint Online,
Roberto Rivera, ?Levity: Holy Week Reflections on Forgiveness and Grace,? BreakPoint Online,
Roberto Rivera y Carlo, ?Springtime and Signs: Lent and Holy Week,? Boundless,
See the ?Worldview for Parents? page ?Why Did Jesus Die??
Catherina Hurlburt, ?Sin Is Not Glamorous,? BreakPoint WorldView, June 2004.
Andrew Sullivan, ?When Grace Arrives Unannounced,? Time,