Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday thoughts

This says it all...

God in Our Midst

Now in Jesus Christ this is just what has happened. The image of God has entered our midst, in the
form of our fallen life, in the likeness of sinful flesh. In the teaching and acts of Christ, in his life and
death, the image of God is revealed. In him the divine image has been re-created on earth. The
Incarnation, the words and acts of Jesus, his death on the cross, are all indispensable parts of that
image. But it is not the same image as Adam bore in the primal glory of paradise. Rather, it is the image
of one who enters a world of sin and death, who takes upon himself all the sorrows of humanity, who
meekly bears God's wrath and judgment against sinners, and obeys God's will with unswerving
devotion in suffering and death, the man born to poverty, the friend of publicans and sinners, the man
of sorrows, rejected by people and forsaken of God. Here is God made human, here is the human in the
new image of God.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from A Testament to Freedom 320-321
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Carla Barnhill, Ed., HarperSan Francisco, 2005

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