Being that it’s Easter, odds are you will hear or see a graphic explanation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. People are desensitized to violence in our society, we have a morbid curiosity for the gory details. Mel Gibson’s Passion put this trend over the top with his R-rated rendition.
In order to impress upon people the horrors of Christ’s suffering many pastors and churches go overboard describing the brutal details of what Christ endured.
What is fascinating is to read the Gospel accounts and note how each author describes the crucifixion. See if you notice any difference between their description and the common one heard today.
And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Each Gospel handles the act of crucifixion with the same words, “they crucified him.” That’s it. No details about the agony, just the fact. It was too horrendous for them to describe.
The death of Jesus Christ on our behalf is no side show. It’s no car wreck for people to slow down their lives and gaze at for a moment before picking up speed to resume their hectic life.
This is God become flesh, dying on our behalf. Don’t spice it up to gross out folks for a cheap thrill. Treat it with the dignity it deserves.