Karl Barth on Good Friday

On Good Friday Jesus Chris entered the godforsaken state that was our due inorder to take it upon himself, to bear it and to take it away with the divine power given to him. He cried out “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” in order that we might no longer have to ask that question…certainly there are times when we don;t believe we can avoid the idea that we could be abandoned by God, but perhaps it is us who have abandoned God. Yet we are mistaken to feel and think that way forinlight of Good Friday the state of being godforsaken can only be a shadow, a pale memory, only a bad dream. It could well be true but it is not true-not for you and not for me or for anyone-that God has forsaken us…Because what a triumph is Easter, out of the godforsaken realm of death and the grave comes the risen Jesus Christ. What happended that day became, was and remains the center around which evrything else moves. For everything lasts its time, but the love of God which was at work and was revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ endures forever. Because this even took place, there is no reason to despair, and even when we read the newspaper with all its frightening news, there is now and forever every reason to hope.



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