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Bruno Mars and the Cross of Christ


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Greg Boyd‘s tweet, “It was God’s love, not his wrath, that needed to be “satisfied” with the death of Jesus. “For God so loved… that he gave…” got me thinking.

Recently, I’ve been ranting to my wife about Bruno Mars‘ song ‘Grenade‘. the chorus goes like this:

I’d catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’d jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
You know I’d do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Ridiculous sentiments that don’t make any sense. But you know what, the crucifixion doesn’t make sense either.

It got to the stage where God was like, “how do I express my love to them? How do I show them once and for all?”

And he came up with a ridiculous sentiment.

Die for us. Die with us. Die in place of us.

How do we show our love for people? We go over the top. We do grand gestures proclaiming our love. We buy stuff or them, we give up our lives for them, we write songs for them, we make movies for them. We try and satisfy that love any way that we can.

How did God satisfy his love for?

The cross.

Good Friday

The tears of a mother who has lost her son,

Naked, bleeding in front of her.

The tears of memories, regrets, laughter and pain.

Watching the life drain from his eyes.


The tears of a disciple who has lost a friend.

His hope, his one, his all.

The tears of broken promises, true community and friendship.

Too afraid to stand and watch.


The tears of a friend who has become a traitor.

Sold it all for a bag of coins.

Tears of regret, blame and repentance.

Unable to live with what he has done.


The tears of a God who has done the unthinkable.

Tearing himself apart for the hope of what might be.

Tears of pain, suffering, rejection.

Broken and beaten for us.