Sermon Good Friday

This is the day that God weeps for this world, for creation. God hangs in the midst of us, in the midst of all this worlds pain and suffering – and weeps. God weeps out of love, out of solidarity, so the healing can begin.
Elie Wiesel was one of the children liberated from a Nazi death camp. He recalled how they walked out in stunned silence, while the soldiers who liberated them stood there and openly wept. He wrote that as he walked through the camp with all the others, he had an overwhelming sense of God weeping uncontrollably as well.
Where is God when the world suffers? When people suffer? When creation suffers? Where is God when our world falls apart? God suffers with us, falls apart with us, weeps with us. This day tells us that God is right in the midst of the suffering – weeping. Weeping uncontrollably – with us, for us, and through us. And through those tears God draws it all to himself, takes it all to the cross of love, where it can be healed, redeemed and transformed. Takes it all to the cross of love where Easter is conceived.
I remember being told by my church when I was younger that I should not wear a crucifix only an empty cross. The reason being that Christ is no longer on the cross, but has risen. I have come to understand that is not true. Yes, he has risen, and rises, and rises again and again – but at the same time he continues to be on the cross and will stay there until all sin and suffering cease. While the creation he loves suffers, God will continue to suffer, to die, and to weep – and then to rise and ascend again, until creation is complete and redemption fulfilled.
God does not stand outside his or her world – but at it’s centre; and at the centre of our lives, and each and every life. This day tells us that God is here – will always be here – and will never ever abandon us.
My goodness, the world God created and adores, has gone through much in these last few years and continues to do so. There is so much uncertainty in our world, and there will continue to be. But this day reminds us that one thing can always be relied upon. God’s love – that will continue to weep, to suffer, to die, to rise and ascend.
That is why this Friday is called Good. It is called Good because of Love. It is called Good because God is in it, and love will prevail.