Good Friday

IMG_0883Golgotha. Rock, or Place, of the Skull.

Skull because it might have been a site of public execution, thus, skulls and bones strewn about the area.

Skull because a cemetery may have stood nearby. We know that they took Him to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, only a short distance away.

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There may have been other tombs in proximity.

Skull because the contours of the rocky hill itself may have resembled a skull.

Skull because Jews of the time held to a tradition that it was the ultimate burial place of the skull of Adam.

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In all cases, the evocation is death. Not, the immediate gore and blood of the moment of the death, the final gasp or last struggle. But rather, what remains to posterity once the vultures have cleaned all the carrion, and the sun has dried away all else that remains, leaving nothing but dusty rocks studded with bones, soon to dust themselves.

Death, the eternal moment. The forever, a sun-baked, air-soaked dust cloud of nothing.

At least, until this Man named Jesus.

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