One of the tragic parts of the information age, is that it created so much information that there is just too much to intake. This has left my own generation unsure about what to believe, who to trust as our source of information (which is why sarcastic satire commentators like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are the voices for our generation (which I am okay with)). As a result, we know longer know what we believe. God is as true, as Lady Gaga’s Breast Milk flavored Ice Cream. In result of this, God has been reduced to a neat, lifeless, systematic idea or a relativistic term, that is as meaningful as a Nicholas Cage movie. So as Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche says “God is dead”. While he didn’t really mean God was dead, he meant the meaning that we gave God, was.
This is why Good Friday is so important to me. It has shaped me. The Crucifixion is not something that we celebrate as symbol, it is the very transformation and relationship we carry. When we experience our own broken humanity, we are participating in this relationship.
Whenever you experience the abandonment of others, especially those you love….. You know the crucified Christ.
Whenever you feel abandoned by God (My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?)….. You know the crucified Christ.
Whenever you have been wronged and endure it non-violently….. You know the crucified Christ.
Whenever you forgive someone’s ignorance or hatred…… You know the crucified Christ.
Whenever you are falsely accused….. You know the crucified Christ.
Whenever you suffer for someone else’ redemption….. You know the crucified Christ.
We all have experiences daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, that draw us into the understanding of God. The term “God” is far from relativistic when we are able to comprehend our own experiences and in light of the person of Jesus. Be aware of your own humanity, because, when we can celebrate it and own it, we can draw much closer to God than you can imagine. And, as we draw closer to the crucified God, we moved closer to the Resurrected Jesus.