... You know, it is time we stopped blaming God for the Crucifixion.
For too long we’ve been saying that it was to satisfy an angry God that Jesus was crucified.
But nowhere in the Crucifixion story do we see God angry. Far from being vengeful, wrathful, the God we’re shown in the Gospels is a loving Father sharing his dear Son’s agony. The God Jesus reveals at the Crucifixion is a God who would rather die than kill his enemies.
It’s not God’s anger but the anger of Pilate, fearful of being shown in a bad light, which crucifies Jesus.
It’s not God’s wrath but the wrath of Caiaphas, fearful of Jesus’ challenges to his hypocritical ways, which sent him to the cross.
It’s not God’s vengeance but the vengeance of the crowds, whipped up in their fear of a man who dared to do things differently, which justified his lynching.
The Crucifixion is a story about how we humans condemn those who are different from us, punish those who challenge us, revenge those who show us in a bad light.
It is time we stopped blaming God for the Crucifixion, and started facing those fears of ours which lead us to crucify others. ...
- from my Good Friday village open-air service talk, The ones we fear, we crucify.