Good Friday 2016
Blackheath Stations of the Cross
Jesus Dies on the Cross
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land[a] until the ninth hour,45 while the sun’s light failed;[b] and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
“God, in Christ was reconciling the world to himself”
So wrote St Paul to the church in Corinth. John Wesley said he believed this to be ‘the most important text in Scripture’
‘Reconciling’ can mean three things. When two people ‘make it up’ we say that they become ‘reconciled’. When an accountant finds his figures don’t ‘add-up’, he must discover where he’s gone wrong and reconcile them – even if it’s from his own pocket! When the doctor tell us some unwelcome truth about our health, we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact.
Every reconciliation requires a change of heart: truths must be faced; mistakes corrected; and those at enmity with one another helped to see things from the other’s point of view.
On Calvary, we see God in action, loving the World He created – by taking upon Himself the role of the Great Reconciler. He reconciles us to Himself by ‘paying the price of sin’ (our sin) thereby making our faulty equation between Him and us to “add-up” properly.
Every reconciliation, even the one between God and Humankind, has to involve suffering – principally, (and uniquely) the suffering of God Himself in the Person of Jesus.
His love for us moved our All-powerful Creator to allow Himself to be rendered powerless – because there’s nothing less powerful and more helpless than a Man nailed to a cross!
But, without suffering there’s no reconciliation – even though the One paying the price of our reconciliation with Him was God Himself in Christ, and He was paying, so to speak, out of his Own Pocket!
Welcome and Introduction: St Mary’s
1. St James's: The Condemnation of Christ (Matthew 27: 22-26)
2. Sunfield Methodist: Christ receives the Cross (John 19: 16-17)
3. St. Michael's: The fall of Christ (Isaiah 53: 3-5)
4. Our Ladye Star of the Sea: Christ meets his Mother (Luke 2: 22 and 33-35)
5. The Ascension: Simon of Cyrene helps to carry the Cross (Luke 23: 26)
6. The Society of Friends: The women of Jerusalem mourn for our Lord (Luke 23: 27-28)
7. St. John's: Christ is stripped of his clothes (John 19: 23-24)
8. All Saint's: Christ is nailed to the Cross (Luke 23: 33-34)
9. St. Stephen with St. Mark: Christ dies on the Cross (Luke 23: 44-46)
10. St. Margaret’s: Christ is taken down from the Cross (John 19: 40-42)
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