Tomorrow’s message

Following the positive feedback directly to us, Greg Jenks has kindly given us access to his message for Good Friday at Grafton Cathedral. We would prefer to see comments posted at ‘Leave a reply’ on the post page rather than by return email. That way everyone can share your thoughts.

Good Friday Sermon 2021- The Heart of the Good News

Greg’s sermon for Good Friday in 2018 created some controversy, especially in Sydney Anglican circles:

Good Friday Sermon 2018 – Rethinking the Cross of Jesus

Detail from Christ of St John of the Cross, Salvador Dali, 1951


2 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s message

  1. Jocelyn Henry

    I would love to hear more of this thinking.
    It seems pagan to think that there has to be a blood sacrifice , human or animal to be forgiven by a god.
    How has this been connected with jewish passover and those sacrifices.

  2. Greg Jenks

    Hi Jocelyn:

    I appreciate your observations, but what strikes us as pagan may simply be “ancient.”

    BTW, the label “pagan” is itself inherently biased. It derives from the ancient Greek word for people from the rural areas outside the “city.” Aside from that, in the ancient world, all religions used animal sacrifice as part of their ritual. FWIW, I have enough work tidying up after regular services at Grafton Cathedral, without the extra work involved in animal sacrifice!

    I would, with your permission please, rephrase your question as one that explores the difference between ancient cultures and contemporary culture.

    Please note that in my sermon I did not suggest that God needs a blood sacrifice. Indeed, one of the basic assumptions of my sermon is that a “blood atonement” is irrelevant and unnecessary.

    Rather, what I said was that when God sees the unconscionable treatment of Jesus by the Roman imperial authorities in Jerusalem, God responds with love and compassion; for Jesus and for everyone.

    This is poetry not mathematics.

    My sermon offered a way of looking at the killing of Jesus through the lens of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

    We are all working with metaphors as we seek to make sense of life.

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