It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23: 44-46)
‘Giving up’ is never really a good phrase in our culture. Especially when it relates to death; we fight, we plead with loved ones to fight. But the power of the cross comes from Jesus’ acceptance of it. The thieves on either side are still doing battle to hold on to life. But Jesus surrenders.
Likewise the people of Coventry Cathedral let their building and their resentment go when they looked at the charred cross; let go of keeping score of sin, surrendered to the need for all to be forgiven.
It is Good Friday because from today we can look at death without fear and all its power melts away.
- Try out what is feels like to give up a fear you hold tightly to.
- Stand in your own ruined cathedral and know that it will be okay.