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March 28, 2014

“Nobody cares … nowadays that Christ was scoured, railed upon, buffeted, mocked and crucified because all those words have grown hypnotic with ecclesiastical use. But it does give people a slight shock to be shown that God was flogged, spat upon, called dirty names, slugged on the jaw, insulted with vulgar jokes and spiked up on the gallows like an owl on a barn door.” – Dorothy Sayers.

 

“It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear the story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all.” – Dorothy Sayers

 

Brennan Manning approached by both a student and a professor on a campus where he spoke -

“The academic load is heavy here,” the student said. “I used to have a vibrant prayer life in high school, but I’ve gotten so busy here with studies, fraternity life and wanting to fit in that I’ve gown careless in my relationship with God. I miss Him.”  Wiping away tears, “I want to feel His presence. Life in the fast lane keeps me so distracted that sometimes I wonder if I trust God at all. Then I get scared. but I keep doing the same stuff out of habit because I can’t imagine any other alternative. I wish I were closer to God.”

Then a professor -

“At one point in my life, I had a faith so strong that it shaped the very fiber of each day…even in stressful situations. The fire of Christ burned inside me. Slowly, and almost imperceptibly, I stopped sitting at the fireplace. The academic competition is fierce here, all-consuming. After you spoke on the love of God last night, I cried for an hour. My life is so empty. I see so much  pain and suffering both on and off campus, and sometimes I feel a deep resistance to a loving God. I still have faith – I know I do-but I can’t feel it. I’ve lost any sense of God’s presence. I long for the relationship I used to have.”

Brennan’s later thoughts -

Now look at this student and the faculty member and pretend that you are the God of love bodied forth in Jesus of Nazareth. The young man is sad because he misses you…and close to panic that he does not trust in your love anymore. The woman is in tears because she cannot feel your presence as she once did. Ambushed by academics, she fears that her faith is fading and that she has lost you forever… Is your heart overflowing with compassion for their feelings of exile from you? Do you see their whole life as a prayer of longing? Will you sweep them up in your arms the moment they call to you?

(Quoted in “Finding God Beyond Harvard” by Kelly Monroe Kullberg)

 

Three Roman soldiers drinking in a Jerusalem tavern late one Friday.

Soldier 3 – Jesus Christ!

Soldier 2 – That false alarm!

Soldier 1 – Oh, I don’t know. He was pretty good in there today.

Soldier 2 – Why didn’t he come down off the cross?

Soldier 1 – He didn’t want to come down off the cross. That’s not his play.

From “Today Is Friday” by Ernest Hemingway

 

“…Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing…” – Luke 23:34.

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” – Mark 15:34

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” – Luke 23:46

“It is finished.” – John 19:30

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” – I Timothy 1:15

Once Jesus died the excitement was over with and people had to get back to business. After all, an important religious holiday was right on top of them. The meal had to be prepared by sundown and they had so many people to feed. On Easter week thousands of American Christians blow past and through Good Friday because we have to get the cute little outfits for the kids and grandkids and we need time to make sure they fit. There ‘s baskets , fake grass and marshmallow chicks to buy. And we’d better not wait for the last minute to get the ham. After all, Sunday will be a big holiday and we have so many people to feed. Doe God sit amazed and heartbroken  that we pay more fuss and attention to the ham than to the Lamb?

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One Comment
  1. That last paragraph was really powerful. There is a focus on all the wrong things on Easter. Thanks for this post.

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