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Bonhoeffer on Good Friday

RNS-DIETRICH-BONHOEFFERthumbIn his Good Friday sermon of 1928, Dietrich Bonhoeffer drives this cosmic tragedy home like three cold steel stakes pounded through the nerves of humanity's own wrists and feet.

??"Good Friday is not the darkness that must necessarily yield to light. It is not the winter sleep that contains and nourishes the seed of life within. It is the day on which human beings — human beings who wanted to be like gods — kill the God who became human, the love that became person; the day on which the Holy One of God, that is, God himself, dies, truly dies — voluntarily and yet because of human guilt — without any seed of life remaining in him in such a way that God’s death might resemble sleep.??"

"Good Friday is not, like winter, a transitional stage — no, it is genuinely the end, the end of guilty humanity and the final judgment that humanity has pronounced upon itself. . . ."

"??If God’s history among human beings had ended on Good Friday, then the final pronouncement over humankind would be guilt, rebellion, the unfettering of all titanic human forces, a storming of heaven by human beings, godlessness, godforsakenness, but then ultimately meaninglessness and despair. Then your faith is futile. Then you are still in your guilt. Then we are of all people most to be pitied. That is, the final word would be the human being."

For an in depth look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer take a look at Eric Metaxas' work Bonhoeffer.

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At the Church at Martinsburg, Easter weekend always includes an opportunity to reflect on God’s death in our place for our sins. Good Friday is a somber evening that leads to a deeper appreciation of Sunday’s good news. Good Friday services will take place on the evening of April 3 at 50 Monroe Street.