REEXAMINING THE GREAT
SACRIFICE THAT SAVES US
The research on which it was based also provided the background for writing my novel about Jesus’ family, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (shown at right).
As we approach Easter 2020 under the somewhat strained conditions of quarantine — which for many of us has been a kind of cross — I offer these thoughts once again for your consideration…
Why Was Jesus Crucified?
Despite its status as the holiest day on the Christian calendar, Easter has never had an impact on American life that comes close to the annual, all-pervasive social and economic supernova of Christmas. This is probably explainable by Easter’s limited potential for commercialization. Chocolate bunnies and died eggs can’t match the buying and gift-giving frenzy of Yuletide. Even shopping for that new spring outfit — to the extent people still dress up for Easter in our over-casual age — barely nudges the gross domestic product.
Easter just remains so stubbornly…religious. It’s also kind of demanding. Grasping the joy, or even the concept, of resurrection takes faith. What does it mean that Jesus rose again? For that matter, why did he have to die in the first place?