Killing the author of life
by Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern:
The strangest of realisations came upon me in recent weeks. As a member of the General Synod of the Church of England I am part of the ‘religious establishment’ of 21st Century Britain.
In February we were unable to proclaim God’s clear and perfect Truth on marriage as Jesus makes clear in Matthew 19. We rejected Jesus’ words and so rejected Jesus.
I realised, in a profound and fresh way, that if Jesus were on trial today, we were the religious leaders that would put him to death. We do not care about him enough to be prepared to come into conflict with the world.
I don’t want to single out the Church of England. As I work and bring cases in the Courts another realisation came to me. As Judges punish those that are in trouble just for loving Jesus and for being obedient to him then they too would be the Judges that would condemn Jesus to death and wash their hands of his blood.
And then there is the baying crowd that chose Barabbas, that refused to speak up for justice… so, all of us. I tend to think that if I had been there in Jerusalem on the darkest of days I would have spoken out and stopped the injustice. But would I?
Sin in Eden plunged creation into chaos. Sin at Babel marked the collective pride of mankind. And while every sin is an act of rejecting God, humanity’s wickedness reached new heights in the horrifying events of Good Friday.
When we love Jesus, we know that there is glorious life and victory to come on Easter Sunday, but to get there we must pass directly through the darkness of Good Friday. We must remember the day when human malice broke barriers and reached levels of previously unmatched atrocity. The Messiah, the King, the one who came to save mankind, was nailed to a tree, and left to die.
God could have come in judgement. He could have punished us as we deserve. But he sent Jesus in love. He sent him to save us, to put things right, to bring life, not death.
But we did not welcome him.