A Good Friday…
A Good Friday for the faithless &
A bad Friday for the faithful
Tonight I went to a “good” Friday service. This was a shadows service or a Tenebrae service. The concept is that as the congregation reads the biblical narrative of Jesus’ road to the cross, at each stage (called nocturnes) a candle is put out and the lights are dimmed. This dimming of the lights and extinguishing of a candle represents the falling away of the disciples and the continual movement to total darkness when the final candle is extinguished and the lights are completing dimmed, this symbolizes the death of Christ.
As I sat in this service that was incredibly meaningful for me and I thought how splendid of a day, how good of a day this is for the faithless. As we fall away, as we continue in our faithlessness Christ gets closer to being faithful on our behalf, he shows complete and utter faithfulness for (huper – Romans 5:6 – means more than just for but in solidarity with) us. What a bad day for the only one who was and is faithful in our story but in turn what a good day for us who are continually faithless.
As I sat and reflected on this story and as the lights grew dimmer and the immanent death of Christ came closer I thought to myself, am I trapped in this story? I am bound to being faithless? Is my story always going to be told as a candle that is blow out because of my failure to trust and be faithful? Then I remembered -- this is Good Friday! Christ died so that my story can be different from those whom have been blow out and about. My story is one of resurrection and of creation! My story is filled with hope because Christ rose and subsequently sent his spirit to enable me to live a life in faithful response to the father just as he did.
I am reading Genesis & Colossians these days, both very fitting for this day. The story of creation and the promised of Christ in you, these are the things that Christ enabled on his cross that makes this such a “Good Friday”!!!
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
Celebrating a Good Friday
Friday, March 25, 2005