Eyewitnesses are always in demand. We want to know what happened, and when, where, and why. People who were present at the event find a ready audience.
On Good Friday there were many witnesses. The crowds, the soldiers, the authorities… and the mother of the Man named Jesus. There are good reasons to believe that some of the material recorded in Luke’s Gospel came from the memories of Mary, just as Mark’s account is based closely on the preaching of Peter.
I’d like to focus on one of the least reputable witnesses. Luke 23 v32-43 tells us of two criminals executed with Jesus. One mocked Him, the other pleaded for mercy. “Remember me when you come into your Kingdom….”
The words on the photo are from a song I wrote from the perspective of this condemned rogue- who found Light even in the Darkness of his execution. There is hope, even on Good Friday.