I’ve been asked to reflect on the crucifixion for Good Friday. For some, they would think this is easy: its Good Friday, a day set apart in the Christian calendar where we reflect and honor the sacrifice that Jesus gave for us on the cross. Writing a reflection on that for a Good Friday service should be no sweat. I found it much harder than I thought I would.
You see, a question I get so often is this: “How can a God who is supposed to love us, allow his own son to suffer such a painful death on the cross?” There is so much suffering in our world today, how can a loving God allow such suffering? Is it because he doesn’t love us?