Good Friday – Who got crucified that day?

Have you ever stopped and thought who got crucified on that Friday?
Historically, it’s seems quite easy:   Jesus and two revolutionaries.
Add the context of history, and it is probably the case that there were others as well by the side of the road, or on the mound called Golgotha.
But in another sense – who got crucified that day?
Who got crucified that day?
            Who do we expect to see on that cross today?
            Maybe by calling today Good Friday we try to tame its ugliness.
            It is good because we get forgiven. 
            Because the God who can’t love us till someone gets killed is pacified
            and we are safe, because nice loving Jesus got killed instead
                        Is that who got killed?
            Does that make it too easy and too nice
            and open the door for lots of chocolate on Sunday?
Who got crucified that day?
            Is it the Messiah – the chosen one of God?
            The Roman soldier tells us that it was the Son of God.
            But is that is a mocking comment – 
            Rome claiming its victory over the occupied people
            Or is it a comment that shows that the
            kingdom of Caesar is acknowledging the kingdom of God?

            In Mark, when other people say that Jesus is the Messiah
            he tells them to be quiet – not to say that.  
            When the high priest accuses him of being the Christ,
            it is not really clear whether Jesus agrees, or whether he evades the question
            When Pilate mocks him and asks him if he is a king
            Jesus replied “You say so”
Who got crucified that day?
            Mark is giving us a picture that we probably don’t like to see
            But if we like what we see on this Friday, we have surely tamed it too far.
            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus who has said that
                        occupation, oppression, exclusion, domination is not the way of God
                        and that the Kingdom of Caesar has had its day
            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus who was passionate about ensuring
                        that the voice of people who could not be heard must be heard
            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus was the voice of peasant protest
            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus who attracted a popular following
                        and deliberately took that movement to Jerusalem 
                        at the busiest time of the religious and political calendar
            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus who challenged the authorities,
                        shut down the temple and confronted powers in debate and action

            Mark’s gospel tells us of a Jesus who was so passionate about the Kingdom of God
                        that it led to what we now call his passion
Who got crucified that day?
            In one real sense there were at least three revolutionaries that got killed that day
            and Jesus was one of them.

Good Friday should also be called “bloody uncomfortable Friday”
We have no right to tame it, or to make it sweet for us;
to reduce it to being about the way we get to heaven, or just feel forgiven.
The fate of the one who was crucified on that Friday is the fate of those
who are passionate about standing for non-violence, for non-exclusion, for non-domination.
Friday is their fate.    Sunday is their hope.


This entry was posted in Sermons and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.