QUESTIONS STILL PERSISTS
ABOUT JESUS’ DEATH
Why Jesus had to die on the cross is a question that becomes a major stumbling block for many people when they first consider the Christian story in a serious way.
It doesn’t seem to make sense that someone who touched people’s lives for the better, as Jesus clearly did (physically, morally, spiritually), should have been seen as a threat.
What could possibly have made anybody wish to harm him — much less put him to such a grizzly, tortuous death?
My new novel, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, attempts to answer that question in an engaging fictional narrative. But back in 2013, when I launched this blog, my first post was an essay that addressed the issue of Jesus’ execution.
That piece was republished by the online journal, American Thinker, and I have reposted it at Eastertime in succeeding years.
My approach is not theological. I don’t go into the salvific power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Rather, I examine the social, economic and political circumstances surrounding Jesus’ mission (as I do in the novel as well).
Since, 2,000 years later, much confusion and misunderstanding remain, it’s timely to examine the question once again.