Well I don’t know how many of you have stayed with me so far this week.
But I wonder if you will after today.
Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?’ (Mt 26:67-68)
But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge – to the great amazement of the governor (Mt 27:14)
It’s a shocking scene.
Piss Christ that is.
You may have read about it in the papers.
It was created by Andres Serrano in 1987.
It was meant to be outrageous and offensive.
It is said to be made with the artist’s own urine.
He took a plastic crucifix and put it in a glass of his own urine and then took a photo of it.
As a member of the Turner prize panel said of it this week
Piss Christ is distinguished by its calculated offence and rhetorical nature – the way it set out to be unmissably outrageous.
It was attacked this week.
On Palm Sunday by what appear to be Christians deeply offended by the work.
Let’s be clear it is deeply offensive.
Of course, I loved the proprietor’s reaction
said he would keep the exhibition open to the public with the destroyed work on show ”so people can see what barbarians can do”.
Remember that Christ is to Christians what the Koran is to Islam.
Don’t see many Koran’s dipped in urine.
But the measurement of our reaction is not that of others.
It is that of Christ.
But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge
It’s hard that isn’t it?
But you will say – it’s blasphemous, we need to stand up, we aren’t called to be a door mat.
Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?’
Come on you know that you want Him to hit back. You know you want Him to amaze them by telling them their names – Ezra, Fred whatever. You know that you want them to fall at His feet and be amazed and overcome.
You do – don’t you.
At least half of you is cheering on the people that attacked the picture.
Instead this Easter we have Piss Christ.
And instead we need to bless those that attack Jesus.
Instead we need to look at our own reactions and ask ourselves – can we react like Jesus?
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