Q: Why is it so powerful to look at scenes of the crucifixion?
The crucifixion gets our attention regardless of our beliefs. The scene is worse than a fatal car wreck. People have not become totally numb to the paintings and films depicting Jesus’ crucifixion. When The Passion Of The Christ came out it created such a stir because for the first time in art history we saw the realistic brutality of not only crucifixion but Jesus’ crucifixion. His crucifixion was different from all others. We see horrible things in this present age that our minds have become desensitized to viewing. In the modern art of TV we see realistic murders, explosions, guns pointed at people’s’ heads and pools of blood. In the news we see the same things but they’re real. Yet the crucifixion of Jesus has some how never lost the “drama”, if you will, that keeps us focused on watching and wanting to learn more about it. Why is that?
A: Jesus himself answers this question in John 12:32 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
With crucifixion, the condemned is up off the ground and upright. Almost like someone on stage or a tall statue to get our attention. Notice that he said, all of us will be drawn to him when we see him lifted up off the ground. When we see Jesus up off the ground with his arms stretched out, wearing a crown of thorns and bleeding we can not stop looking at him.
But wait, there’s more!
In John 6:30, people ask him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?
Basically, we need more than you saying that you are GOD we need a visual sign that no human can perform. That’s a fair question. In those days, every pharaoh and emperor claimed god status and people got the ax for not believing them.
Q: People today are asking, “How do we know that Jesus is truly God?” After all, many people now claim to be god.
A: John 6:62 “Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?”
After Jesus was lifted up to die people saw him lifted up ALIVE and ascending to heaven. He gave us the a sign that no human can accomplish to prove that He is God. That sign is visible to this very day!
Q: How, you are asking?
A: That miraculous Shroud of Turin keeps giving us answers as well as deeper questions.
I can’t get enough of this website, ShroudofJesus.com. To summarize, there are multiple images on this shroud and crime scene investigators are using advanced technology on each image. CSI’s have determined that the image of the man (the one no PhD. can understand how the image was made) is actually showing us a man who is up off the ground in an upright position.
That is the sign. Jesus lifted up off the ground in an upright position. We can’t stop looking at this sign in its many forms. His sign is saying; John 14:6 Jesus replied,“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Read ShroudofJesus.com and tell us what you believe.
Photo of crucifixion from The Passion of Christ, 2004 provided by IMdb.com