Ultimate Witness

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, 12:00 noon, April 14, 2017, Good Friday.

Text: John 18:1-19:42


What happened on this day all those years ago?  I know we just heard the story.  We know that Jesus was betrayed, denied, beaten, mocked, crucified.  But why?  One of the oldest answers to that question is explained like this:  human beings were like inmates in a prison of sin. There was no way we could get ourselves out.  So God sent Jesus to be our bail.  Jesus gives his life to cash in ours.  He dies, we go free.  There are lots of reasons this has been such a common explanation for centuries.  It resonates with the story of Passover and the sacrificial lamb whose life is given in order to save the lives of God’s people. (Ex 12:1-13)  The so-called substitutionary atonement theory of the cross makes sense insofar as we know that there is damage we have done in our lives that can’t ever be fully re [...]