As we approach Good Friday, reflection and reconciliation ought to be dispositions we favour in distinguishing right from wrong, and in endeavouring, for Jesus Christ’s sake –– and especially on account of his spilled blood –– to practise consequently that which is morally right or righteous.
Even as Jesus himself hung on the cross, he reflected on the benefits He had brought mankind and how yet an ungrateful people had called for his blood, his very death –– but the latter would be the symbol of His reconciliation, much more on our part than on His.
We as Christians have come to know that Jesus stood in our place before Almighty God. His death paid the price, not for His own wrongdoings but for ours, and our ignorance, stubbornness and lack of reflection.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” –– Luke 23:34
A most disconcerting gap had come between God and humanity, occasioned by transgression, evil and waywardness. Mankind’s offences, disobedience, the hurt caused fellowmen and God Almighty Himself had destroyed that original relationship with the Creator.
When we do reflect we might recall having hurt a friend or relative, and because of that broken friendship or relationship, that notorious gap has come between us. Unsettled and restless as we become when we meet this friend or relative, we do our best to avoid that person.
We soon learn, however, upon reflection, that the state of things will not change until we put our differences aside through reconciliation. We will beg of our friend or relative –– if we have learnt anything from Jesus –– forgiveness.
Our friend or relative might even do better –– forgiving us our sin, unsolicited, much like the Saviour did on that first Good Friday.
. . . “It is finished!”. . . . –– John 19:30
What did Jesus mean by this utterance minutes before bowing his head, and handing over His spirit to the Father? Hardly that it was the end of Him. For He would rise from the grave on the third day.
We aver that his reflection on and reconciliation with a wayward people had been completed. By His crucifixion he had atoned for the sins of the human race who had drifted from their Creator. There was hope for redemption.
On this long weekend, beginning tomorrow Good Friday, as we suggested earlier, there are matters for our deepest reflection: for example, the subtle rifts between Barbadian Blacks and Whites; we might seek to close the gap caused by past actions, heal the differences, establish meaningful friendship and mutual respect –– be reconciled.
We might reflect too on the examples we –– particularly those of us among the well-to-do families –– are setting our offspring. It is good to be a friend to our children; much better to be a parent.
We need to reflect with our children “who should know better . . . [who] are combative . . . speak in terms of a sense of entitlement . . .”; who mimic our negative behaviour, causing stress and pain to others. We need to be reconciled.
And those teachers among us who prey upon their wards need to reflect too this weekend. Suffer the little children to come unto ye –– but for good.
Please reflect and reconcile.
And may God forgive you.
And we say: go and sin no more.
Let all our transgressions be nailed to the cross as we reflect on that day Christ died for us all!