Jesus wasn't the first or the last person to die on the cross. It was a Roman Empire way of dying. It was a non-citizen way of dying.
Religious and secular power had a part in his execution---but he's hardly the first or last to lay claim to that combination, either.
At Passover, a child asks: "why is this night different from all other nights?"
We Christians might ask: "why is this execution different from all the other executions?"
We'd do well to remember that it isn't, that any execution is a sad, painful, shameful way to die.
Can God redeem even this?
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I would invite you to click here for a story about an art piece that I find appropriate for entering the scandal of the cross.