It still amazes me that the sheer horror of Jesus and the resurrection is seemingly overlooked. Yes, it is celebrated, but the absolute blood laden carnage of the event still blows me away, is seemingly forgotten. Essentially, Jesus was a Jewish religious and political dissident, betrayed by a suicidal friend, cast out by his people, sentenced to death by a representative of the resident conquering horde, crowned with the equivalent of the spikiest Bougainvillea ever encountered, and was lucky enough to be repeatedly flogged and brutalised in the extreme. WHILST carrying a couple of ‘sleepers’ (think the timber supporting railway tracks) bolted together in the middle, got nailed hand and foot to it, was pulled upright, had his legs broken, causing him to suffocate. From there, he was stabbed in the side of his chest by a Roman with the ‘spear of destiny’ (the name hardly does it justice in retrospect) ‘just to make sure’, had the clothes off his back gambled for and taken, ALL with his Mum watching! Then, deader than Good Friday, and after being hauled down from the skeleton tree, he was dragged off, bunged in a tomb in fairly warm weather, the tomb was donated incidentally, got wrapped in a sheet, had a bloody big rock rolled in front of the entrance, was left by all, only for his mum and ‘friend’ to return to find him back up on his feet again after a few days. All done by Him for the sake of mankind as he knew it! Plus, after all that, he says he is coming back!
As a result of this, the following couple of hundred years was filled with delightful religious persecution and extermination in the extreme, and then with a bit of a political nudge from all the right places, the religion focussing on one yet consisting of three took off and here we are today. Not to discount crusades, reformations, religious infighting, outright religious warfare, inquisitions, witch hunts, puritans (who incidentally lead to the current white settlement in north America), the genocide of the very people he was a part of from the beginning, and substantial tax dodging.
And yet, he has given hope and identity to billions of people, he has offered and provided salvation to even the most hopelessly lost of souls. He has breathed life into the hearts of multitudes, and has opened his arms to humanity.
So, how do we repay this?
Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs; unbelievable.
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