SERMON FOR GOOD FRIDAY

This is the day that God took responsibility for the world he made and loved.
God took responsibility for all the joy, the wonder, the beauty
and the awesomeness of creation.
God took responsibility for the pain, the sin, the anguish, and the horrors of the world.
The whole of Jesus’ life was, in fact, about taking responsibility.

When he saw the poor being neglected,
he took responsibility and reached out to them.
When he saw the marginalised being condemned,
he took responsibility and stood up for them.
When he saw the religious hierarchy become too certain of their righteousness,
he was not afraid to challenge them.
When he saw the money changers and the entrepreneurs
making the temple into a market place – he took responsibility and drove them out.
At the last supper when the disciples sat there with hot dirty feet,
wondering who had been assigned to wash and dry them;
Jesus took a bowl and towel, took responsibility, and washed each of them in turn.

When Jesus saw that an enormous act of love and self-sacrifice was needed,
to break the power of sin, hatred, and selfishness;
he took responsibility, received his cross and made that long journey to Calvary.
This is the day that God took responsibility for the world he made and loves,
and opened the gate of glory.

God now calls us to take responsibility ourselves and open the gate for others.
God calls us to take responsibility for all the blessings in our lives;
to recognise them, give thanks for them, be grateful for them,
and allow the blessings to take root in our lives and share them with others.

God calls us to take responsibility
for the difficulties, the sorrows, and the burdens of our life;
to take responsibility for our mistakes, our sin, our guilt,
and the crosses we are called to bear.
To receive them, to stop apportioning blame for them to others or to ourselves,
but to live them prayerfully and willingly.
To live them prayerfully and willingly as an offering to God, as Jesus did,
and allow God to use them in an amazing way,
to open the gate of glory for others and for ourselves.

Good Friday is the day of transformation,
the day when everything finds its place and meaning in the presence and love of God.
Jesus took responsibility to make it so,
are we prepared to take up his call, take up our cross and follow him?