Confident Witness – Good Friday
It was an honour and privilege to be out with an impromptu group from various churches in Gravesend as they witnessed to the centrality of the cross this Good Friday.
As I carried the cross, taking my turn with several others, it struck me how sterile my witness to the love and grace of Jesus revealed in the work of the cross had become. There was something raw and confident in the simple act of walking through the streets carrying the cross that I had lost over the year of the pandemic.
One of the most powerful moments on Good Friday was the time of prayer on the summit of Windmill Hill. We were all invited to pray at the some time using our native languages. The noise we made was beautiful and felt very significant – a glimpes of Pentecost! We prayed for the town and that the people of Gravesend would discover the love of Chrsit and the goodnews of His life, hearing His invitation into a friendship, a new beginning, and a new identity as a loved child of God.
My hope is that we can, in the gracious power of the Holy Spirit, rediscover a confidence in the Gospel (Romans 1:16) that reflects the presence of Christ in us, revealing the Kingdom, and making the invitation into grace and transformation culturally loud and clear.