I took a break from blogging on Good Friday – although my last post was after midnight on Thursday and so dated Friday. But others did not, and here I am linking to some of their posts relevant to the day.
My friend Lingamish, David Ker, was busy. First he posted a moving Cyber-Psalm, a poetic meditation on the tension between sadness and celebration on Good Friday. Then he posted on What’s so good about Friday?:
Is it a corruption of “God’s Friday” …? Is it good in the sense of having good effects for those who are redeemed by the sacrifice of God’s son?
Jim West (who has seen sense about the photo in his blog) takes up the same theme when he writes:
It certainly wasn’t a very ‘good’ day for Jesus …
Good Friday is good only for those who believe that Jesus’ suffering and death is somehow beneficial to them. …
‘Good’ Friday? Indeed. But to use the phrase is to confess something profound.
Thanks, Jim. You reminded me of these words I just read, written by J.I. Packer in 1958 and quoted by Paul Helm:
Heretical notions may occupy Christian men’s heads, leading to error of thought and practice and spiritual impoverishment; but these notions cannot control their hearts. As regenerate men, it is their nature to be better than the unscriptural parts of their creed would allow.
Sally of Eternal Echoes has also been busy, with four posts, of which this is the last. Today, Saturday, she has also posted this moving meditation for the day, in the character of Mary Magdalene, and the following from the President Of Methodist Conference’s Easter Message:
Our Easter faith is not death or resurrection, it is death and resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus is not a reversal of death. It is much more than that. The risen Jesus is known by the scars of crucifixion. He is the Living One Who Died. But now he is alive forever. And, marvellously, he stands today with this needy world in the reality of death and the promise of new life. This ministry he shares with us, his Easter People Church, a people bearing the marks of both death and new life. A people who know and live out the profound truth that death and resurrection life both lie deep in the purposes of God, in whom all things will be well. Alleluia!
More theologically, Brant Pitre offers Thomas Aquinas’ perspective on
Five Reasons the Cross was the Most Suitable Way for Our Redemption. It is interesting that the great mediaeval theologian by no means limited himself to just one model of the atonement.
Today I have also discovered the new Biblical Coins blog, from which I have gleaned the interesting information that the 30 pieces of silver which Judas received was probably worth 40% of the 300 denarii (or a year’s wages, the TNIV rendering) which he wanted to steal from the proceeds of selling Mary’s jar of ointment (John 12:4-5). Sadly Bibles don’t usually make this relationship clear, although it would probably have been clear to the original readers.
Meanwhile John Meunier offers a more light-hearted piece: Teen-ager exegesis.