Easter is but a few days away as we wind down Holy Week. It seems just like yesterday Lent was beginning, but here we are so close to the celebration of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. What a wonderful display of love our Lord has for us sinners! It's not a wonder why we celebrate it.
Think about the timing of this event. He had to choose a point in history where man had not grown past the point of putting an individual to death for a crime against the church. With the exception of radical middle eastern faiths that would have never happened today. Well, unless of course he was in the Middle East trying to convert people to Christianity. Oops, He was doing that, wasn't He? I guess the Middle East hasn't grown much since then.
I was just about to mention how He chose that era because the method of punishment was so cruel. Not many today are put to death by crucifixion. Now in the Middle East they simply punish those who present different opinions by beheading or stoning them to death. It's hard to compare having your head crushed by a rock to hanging on a cross of wood with nails through your body for the level of pain and cruelty.
It also had to be a time where the people were ignorant enough to allow others to gin them up and work a crowd into such a frenzy that their actions became irrational and violent. Being led like sheep by rhetoric designed to play on our emotions could never happen in this era of the educated man.
Well, maybe things haven't changed as much since the time of the crucifixion. Man is still flawed, but yet we are blessed that Christ died so we can be forgiven. We have so much work to do.