THERE WERE EARTHLY REASONS
BEHIND THE DEATH OF JESUS
The crucifixion of Christ is a pivotal event that changed the religious and cultural trajectory of the world. Yet, it’s something a lot of people have trouble grasping.
To non-believers — and even some believers — it doesn’t really make sense. They ask very reasonable questions like…
“Why would anybody want to kill someone who went around preaching love and offering a lot of uplifting homilies? And healing the sick to boot! What’s not to like about all that?”
I launched this blog in 2013 with a feature article — “Why was Jesus Crucified?” — that attempted to provide some answers. My take on the subject was a little different from the conventional telling of the Easter Passion. I examined not the theological significance of Christ’s death, but the political and economic background.
Because there were reasons why certain key forces in First-Century Palestine aligned themselves against Jesus and his movement. I think it’s important to understand a little about them — and to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings that sometimes make the Christian story a bit off-putting.
I invite you to check out that 2013 essay: HERE…
…and I ask that you come back and offer your insights and reflections in the Comments section below.
The image at the top is a representation of the Third Station in the Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. The series was rendered in ceramic tile by Mary Chase Stratton and fabricated by the famous Pewabic ceramic studios of Detroit.
It is reproduced from a devotional booklet titled “The Way of the Cross” published by Barton-Cotton, Inc. of Baltimore.