Ten thoughts for Good Friday:
1. You don’t have to be a Christian to honor Good Friday.
2. I don’t believe in Jesus as Christ, but Jesus as rabbi, mystic, and exemplary Jew.
3. Jesus never rejects Torah, but wrestles with it deeply. This alone shows his love of Judaism.
4. Jesus offered a new way to deal with oppression: nonviolent resistance. Read Walter Wink’s books on Jesus.
5. Good Friday invites us to experience the fear, doubt, & aloneness that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
6. Read Mark’s Gospel on the crucifixion. This is the oldest account and the most raw and honest.
7. Jesus’ death shows us the price of love speaking as justice. His cross is not enough You must take up your own as well.
8. Taking up your cross means placing your life on the line for justice. Something I admit is very hard for me.
9. The cross is not a metaphor: it is the real possibility of death that comes with standing against evil.
10. I don’t think Jesus died for our sins. I think he was murdered because of them.