Today is Good Friday. Not just another “Thank Goodness it’s Friday” but the day to commemorate the day Jesus was crucified. As a child, I always wondered why this was good? Why would we refer to this day as Good Friday? It’s the day Jesus died! Of course, it has taken me years to understand the destiny of Jesus’ purpose and the depth of his gift. I’ll admit, I still hear that little girl’s voice questioning the meaning of the day and the adult me tries to explain it all. “Tries to explain” is putting it mildly. As I live this life, my perspective on the Easter story is constantly changing. It has been from a child, a young adult and as a parent. This year I find myself relearning the Easter story from a political view. Strange, huh? Yeah, I never thought about that before.
A few weeks ago, my husband bought the book “Killing Jesus” by Bill O”Reilly and Martin Dugard. It is a historical look at the life and crucifixion of Jesus. Supposedly, the authors only included documented records of the event. Because of this, the book has great information about the political happenings of the time; who were the leaders of the society Jesus was dealing with? This information has helped me to have a new perspective on a story that I have heard all my life. Once again, my perspective has changed and now it has helped me to grasp the courage Jesus had to have to say the things he had to say and teach the lessons that needed to be taught.
This book has also started many thoughtful conversations between me and my family. Like any great historical event, reading this book with an empathetic heart for the main character leads to personal moral questions. Now, I don’t want to get “preachy” here. I know I am quick to turn off my mind’s reception button when someone tries to introduce their religious views without an invitation…huh, much like the folks did over two-thousand years ago. Wow, I think I need to go back to the teacher’s original book for a refresher course.