A tragedy in our age of spectacle is that we often make morons famous while courageous people labor in quiet fidelity.
“Quiet” is the key word there.
And Good Friday reminds us it’s not new.
The Roman historian and politician Tacitus (c. 56–120 AD) famously remarked that
“Under Tiberius, all was quiet” (Hist. 5:9).
There were apparently no Messianic news stories during those years that demanded the intervention of the Roman legions in Palestine. Hence, as far as Tacitus was concerned, little happened.
But of course, something happened under Tiberius: Jesus lived, died, and rose again.
And a later historian (and atheist) Tom Holland claims that no event would have more impact on subsequent centuries than the “quiet” one that failed to appear on Tacitus’ Newsfeed.
Even in those days, the algorithms had other priorities.
To believe that God had become man and suffered death of a slave was to believe that there might be strength in weakness, and victory in defeat.
I’m reminded of that truth today (Good Friday) as I hear of my former students, both nurses, who are now headed into crowded, virus-laden hospitals—in New York and New Jersey.
One of them (Amanda) has blogged her experience beautifully (here).
And another (Jo-Nieca) has volunteered to leave her young family in Oklahoma and serve in an overrun New Jersey hospital.
Pray for them when you think about it. And pray for other quiet heroes placing themselves in traumatic situations for the good of others.
“Good” is the key word there, on a day (Good Friday) that redefines that concept too.
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