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Reflection for Good Friday

Jesus Between us

John 19: 1-37

 

There they Crucified Jesus and with him two others, one on either side and Jesus between them. Pilot also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this inscription for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.

So we come to Good Friday, and Jesus’ crucifixion.

Jesus was between the two others from the other gospels, we know that these were criminals. Jesus was crucified as a common criminal accused of being a false King. John’s Gospel is very clear that the debate that has between Jesus and pilot is heavily about kingship and the kingdom. Jesus never denies that he is a king. It’s the kind of King and the kind of Kingdom, that pilot cannot get his head around. Today was a dark day for those first disciples.

They abandoned Jesus. A few of the women stood by the cross for the rest fled in fear.

Today, this Good Friday 2020 feels like a very dark day for us as a nation, for our world.

Whilst many suffer from the Coronavirus, whilst many die and are bereaved.

In the darkness of Good Friday, Jesus on the cross was between the people in need, he is between us. Now.

We might have to physically distance from one another, we have to socially distance. But Jesus is between us. He is present.

He is present is the one who knows and experiences human suffering. He is present as the one who knows what it is to be misunderstood, to be falsely accused and judged.

Jesus is between us. And Jesus is for all people.

It’s a slightly odd detail, isn’t it? That john includes Aramaic, Greek and Latin. Well, it was the ordinary language. It was the official language. It was the wider international language.

JOHN, I think is saying, Jesus really is for all the world. So, on this Good Friday, as we reflect a fresh on the one who died for us, let us recall that he is still between us present now. The one who brings us together with God and the one who brings us together with one another. But let us remember that the inscription that pilot put up that was disputed was there to tell the whole world Jesus’ true identity.

He truly is the King. The King who dies for us, the King who is alive for us.

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