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A Revelation

I was talking with my room mate the other day, and we started talking about Jesus’s crucifixion. I talked some about how, if someone redefined my religious tradition (as Jesus did for the Jews iin that day), I’d be just about as pissed off as the Pharisees were. But then I had a revelation.

Dying on a cross did not begin with the Romans. It was a Jewish custom to put shamed criminals to death by hanging them on a tree by their hands and feet until they suffocated to death. In Deuteronomy, there is a verse that says “Cursed is the man who hangs on a tree.” This brings an entirely new dimension to the crucifixion accounts.

When Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”, I don’t believe he was saying this merely because he “felt” forsaken, but he WAS forsaken. In hanging on the cross, Jesus became a curse, not merely because he took on our sin, but because of the manner in which he was killed.

The especially gut-wrenching part is that the people who condemned Jesus were very aware of this. This must have been the worst kind of death that a Jew could die–one who dies, cursed by his own kin, separated from his God.

Just something to think about
-Jon

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