Crucifixion- Torture and Capital Punishments
Many ancient cultures and their records show that crucifixion was a common form of punishment in those days. It was painful and unjustified if you talk from the modern perspective. At present, capital punishment is designed in a way to make sure that the convict dies most painlessly. Well, crucifixion involved the nailing of all parts of the convict’s body to wood. So, it was intended not only to kill them but also to make them suffer tremendously in the process.
Practiced in Many Societies
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the defining moments of this form of punishment. However, there are many other examples of crucifixion in other parts of the world throughout history. They adopted different methods to complete the process.
Some cultures nailed the body in the shape of an ‘X.’ There were others where the convict was crucified in the shape of a ‘T.’ The ‘T’ shaped crucifixion was evident in the case of Jesus Christ. Such a method was called Crux Immissa.
The theological aspects
Well, it is believed that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ allowed all of humankind to atone for the sins they had committed. It is one of the most significant examples of sacrifice you’ll ever find. The whole thing is not just about Jesus’s crucifixion. It was about atonement. However, you must also take into account the extent of insults and tortures he had to bear before being put on the cross.
Sanhedrin- a council of the Jews, wanted Jesus crucified, but the punishment wasn’t ratified by the Governor of Rome- Pontius Pilate. Political maneuvers and pressure games were used to force the hand of Pontius Pilate in confirming the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
It is said that Jesus Christ remained on the cross for more than six hours. The words’ King of the Jews’ were inscribed on the wooden cross. While Jesus Christ was on the cross, the people who saw him shouted and abused him.
When Jesus Christ breathed for the last time after talking to God-his father, there was an earthquake. It was a great event that led to many rising from their graves and coming back from life. So, it was a clear indication of the consequences of Jesus’s crucifixion. In modern times, this day is called Good Friday, and Christians commemorate it with a view to repent and seek forgiveness.