Through Matthew 27:11-66 it is evident that the governor Pontius Pilate plays a crucial role in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Scholars throughout history have provided support to see Pilate as positive, negative, or neutral role in the retelling of the crucifixion. Warren Carter is one of the many scholars who have taken note of Pilate’s role in history and within the source “Pontius Pilate. Portraits of a Roman Governor” Carter argues that Pilate is a negative character. He goes as far to claim that Pilate was one to actively seek conflict. While Carter argues that Pilate’s role is one of negativity, I would argue, that through a socio-culture view, that Pilate is not a negative figure, but an ambivalent one, due to his lack to enforce.
Jesus Christ was born around 4 BC, and believed to be the the true Son of the true God the Father. Jesus performed miracles on Earth, preached about God, and was crucified. He was then crucified by a man named POntius Pilate, for committing treason. Since Jesus was the Son of God, he had the power to stop His crucifixion, but he didn’t. He didn’t in order to save all of humanity; the Nicene Creed states Jesus saved us, “for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven” (Nicene Creed). Jesus has been worshipped since then; people pray to Him, dedicate churches to praising Him, and teach his teachings.
The climax of the Bible’s story comes in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through being crucified and rising again Jesus saves us all from our inevitable doom and gives us new life. This is what humanity has been building up to and what humanity finds hope in for the future.
The physical interaction with His disciples demonstrates his intimate and spiritual connection with them. Before sitting on the short bench, Peter tells Jesus that he will never allow his Lord to wash his feet, as this was a demeaning task. However, Jesus replies saying, “Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.” Peter’s hand is shown raised to his forehead, thus illustrating his response: “not my feet only, but also my hands and my head”. This is also alluding to not only the disciples’ physical bodies, but also to the eventual spiritual cleansing that would take place through Christ’s death and resurrection. He is referred to as the “sandal remover” and acts as a metaphor for all of mankind. In Christian antiquity, sandals represented
Christianity is a monotheistic (believing in one God) religion, which is based on the “teachings of Jesus.” Deemed the son of God, Jesus walked around town helping those in need and preaching the words of his father, served as a role model, exemplifying to others how to live life selflessly. His life was short lived, “at the age 33, he was crucified on the cross.” Christians believe that God sacrificed his only son for the forgiveness of their own sins, which they give thanks for throughout the year at Christmas, Lent, and Easter. One of the most prominent figures in the Christian church is the cross. The most important book in Christianity is the Bible, which they consider sacred and holy. It is a doctrine that holds all Jesus’s teachings, which have been broken up into 2 parts: “old testament and new testament.” In the Bible, individuals will find a set of guidelines (10
There were a number of complexities directly related to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The majority of these pertain not only to the reason for his crucifixion but also for popular interpretation of this act and the significance attributed to it. Jesus taught and did much that was contrary to both Jewish and Roman conceptions of law and religion. Many of his transgressions were also directly related to the nature of his death and the significance it would later on take. Both Romans and Jews sought Jesus' death because he was ecclesiastically and politically subversive, professing a tolerance and equality that was ultimately proven by the dramatic nature of his death and its consequences.
Christianity began with Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, Nazareth. Throughout his life, he emphasizes brotherhood in his teachings denouncing violence and selfishness. However, Jesus teachings were not accepted by the Jews as he was not considered to be a messiah, even though they were derived from Jewish traditions. He was arrested and trialed which resulted in crucifixion, a historical method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. After 3 days he rose from the dead and spent 40 days on Earth before ascending to Heaven establishing the foundations for the Christian Church.
The crucifiers would drive a stake into the ground when whoever was being crucified arrived at the execution place. Sometimes they attached the victim to the cross only with ropes. In that case, the crossbeam, where they bound a victim’s arms, was fixed to the vertical beam. They then continued to tie their feet to the stake with a rope. If the victim was pinned down by nails, he was laid on the ground, with his shoulders on the crossbeam. They would hold out his arms and nail him to the crossbeam, which was raised. The victim's feet were nailed down against the previously nailed stake.
Many people ridicule Christians for believing in a man who resurrected from the dead. They laugh at Christians and criticize them for basing their faith on an event that lack proof and evidence. However, the evidence that skeptics use to challenge the Christian faith, in actuality, support the claims that Jesus truly was the God that he claimed to be. The evidence that affirms Jesus’ claims to be true include his lifestyle and teachings, the prophecies that he fulfilled, historical facts, and the dramatic transformation of the lives of his disciples. Many may ask Christians how they can believe in a Savior without proof of his divinity; but, in reality, God has given us an abundance of signs. He is still providing us with compelling evidence
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39,
The Crucifixion was a different way for the Persians to torture people who they believed were doing something wrong. After being hung on a giant wooden cross the person would suffer brutal days of slow death. This form of torture was used by the Persians, passed on to the Babylonians, then to the the Romans. There were many different ways that these three different cultures tortured people with the form of crucifixion.
A piece of artwork that is recognized today is the Crucifixion and Last Judgement by the famous artist, Jan van Eyck and his workshop assistant which was made in 1440-41. Jan van Eyck was born in Maaseik, Belgium in 1390. He is considered to be an early Netherlandish painter and significant Renaissance artist of the 15th century who spent most of his career life in Bruges, Belgium.
The song says, “They are nailed to the cross, they are nailed, the cross, oh how much he was willing to bear, with great anguish and loss, Jesus went to the cross and he carried my sins with him there.” You can believe that Jesus died and rose again, you might even believe that he was crucified and that he is coming again for his church, but if you don’t believe that you have to be crucified with him, then you have a serious problem. My brothers and sisters, for a Christian, taking up your cross and following God is not an option, its a requirement. I pray that you find encouragement to continue on your journey in this section.
Christianity is the religion based on the life, death and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, also known as the Christ or Messiah. Jesus was a Jewish teacher and prophet who lived in Palestine in the first century CE. He revealed himself to be the Son of God in fulfillment of Hebrew scripture, and taught that the Kingdom of God was imminent, bringing with it forgiveness and new life for all who believed. His claim to be the Messiah roused opposition from religious and political authorities and he was imprisoned and crucified. His followers believe that after his death, Jesus was resurrected before being taken up to heaven.