I've never been a particularly religious person, yet Good Friday always brings out the spiritual part of me. I think that's because I identify so much with Jesus. By that, I don't mean embracing the same philosophies and practices as much as how we both
The other day, as I was boning up on the Bible before a game of Trivial Pursuits with Dr. Morell, Bessie and Bill, I reviewed the story of Jesus and Good Friday. I could really relate. For one thing, Jesus had way more support with both Romans and Jews than Pontius Pilate and King Herod, but he still lost out being King. And that was without the Electoral College. Barabbas was too far to the right and never had a real chance.
From what I understand, Jesus was major league popular with most of the Jews, but you know how they can be: One minute they're your friend, the next minute they're holding tribunals and sentencing you to death, only in Jesus's case, they weren't kidding. It hurts to have your career ended, but not at the risk of tetanus. Yikes!
I think the most riveting aspect of the Good Friday is the whole
Sometimes I think about Jesus on the cross and wonder if anyone called to see how he was doing, because unless I'm not getting my messages, my phone isn't exactly ringing off the hook. All those arabic lessons turned out to be a total waste. The only phrase I remember is "Allah Hu Akbar," and I can't even say that out loud without everyone scattering for cover.
Of course, it's not a total downer. Jesus had his
Let's face it, when you're on top, everyone loves you. When you're crucified, not so much.