In many ways, gory seems to be the antonym of glory and I don’t commonly associate these words together besides the rhyming sound they make. But there’s a stark and startling place where these words converge into one place and that would be Jesus when He was crucified.
If you saw the movie by Mel Gibson, “The Passion of the Christ”, it showed with disturbing clarity the gory nature of Jesus’ death on the cross. I’ll never forget how deeply moved I was to the core of my soul when I saw this movie the first time. As I watched, I found myself repeatedly thinking, “please stop, that’s enough!” And at the end of the movie, I was entirely unraveled because I couldn’t escape the reality that Jesus endured this excrutiating experience entirely on the pure motivation of genuine love, full stop.
Jesus was glorified in the gory mess of human suffering, sin and sacrifice. And this continues to give me the assurance that Jesus can redeem human gore and transform it into divine glory, a truth that we would be wise to ponder throughout this weekend 🙂
TGIF takes on an entirely new meaning when I think about it in light of Good Friday. This day marks not only the conclusion of a workweek, but more importantly, Jesus’ crucifixion which was humanity’s windfall. Jesus’ death on the cross was:
the defining moment for humanity’s reconciliation with Heaven.
the conclusion of approximately 2,000 years of Law with human shortcoming & failure.
the ultimate expression of Genuine Love for an unworthy planet
the fertilzer for resurrection
the place where our lives receive ultimate freedom, redemption and acceptance
Truly, Good Friday is good and God’s ultimate expression of Genuine Love & I find myself in a state of awe, wonder, gratitude and overwhelming astonishment at such extravagant love. May Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection work redemption into our hearts, through our lives and reconcile the world in which we live to our loving Heavenly Father. Today is truly a Good Friday.