By the Rev David Swales, Vicar of Oakworth - When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged him on a tree,

They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary.

When Jesus came to Birmingham they simply passed him by,

They never hurt a hair of him - they only watched him die.

These words come from a poem whose title says it all.

It speaks of the most offensive attitude that we can take towards God.

Not doubt and disbelief, not even derision and blasphemy.

The title is Indifference.

As Jesus hung on his cross, soldiers used him as the butt for their cruel games; the religious establishment taunted him; the mob shouted for his blood.

But even more hurtful must have been those who, wrapped up in their own business, hurried on past the cross without a second glance.

It is on Good Friday that Christians remember that shattering picture of God's Son on a cross.

What does that day mean to you?

Is it a time to pause, to remember, with awe and wonder, that he died for you?

Or do you have more important business....?

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