“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23.33-34)
“Good Friday is about the authorities saying “no” to Jesus and his passion for the kingdom of God. Easter is about God saying “yes” to Jesus and his passion for the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God was at the center of Jesus’ message and activity according to Mark, Matthew and Luke. God’s kingdom is not about life after death, but life on earth as the Lord’s Prayer affirms. It is about this world transformed into a world of justice and peace. This is God’s dream, the dream of God, for the world according to the major voices of the Bible. It was Jesus’ passion for the kingdom of God led to his passion in the narrower sense of his suffering and death.” (Marcus Borg: http://www.marcusjborg.com/2011/05/07/holy-week-two-different-meanings/)