by Jerry Vines

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The Brutality of the Crucifixion (3 of 4)
Series: The Passion of the Christ
Jerry Vines
Luke 23:33

We are in a series of messages on the passion. This morning I speak on the brutality of the crucifixion.

Luke 23:33 says, ‘‘And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him and the malefactors (thieves), one on the right hand and the other on the left.’’

In Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, the crucifixion is portrayed so graphically and so brutally it stunned the entire world. When you turn to the New Testament you are surprised to find how very little description there is of the crucifixion of Jesus. In fact, Luke’s account we have just read. Luke is a physician. He spent more time than any of the other Gospel writers talking about the virgin birth of our Lord. He goes into great detail. As a physician he understood the marvelous miracle that is before us in the virgin birth. You would expect Dr. Luke to give a graphic description of the crucifixion of Jesus and yet he does not. There are some who say he was not only a physician, but he was also an artist. If that be true, a physician artist, you would expect him to paint a very graphic, stunning, and shocking picture of the crucifixion of Jesus. But he does not.

Mel Gibson has taken the Gospel accounts. He has added to it tradition and secular history. He has given us the graphic, brutal depiction of the cross of our Lord. Mel Gibson is just doing what artists and writers and preachers have done for 2000 years. Trying to bring to our senses and thus to our understanding just how Jesus suffered so when He died on that cross to pay the price for your sins and my sins and the sins of the whole world.

Mr. Gibson has accurately portrayed the essential ingredients of the crucifixion of Jesus. He tells about the activities of the soldiers. The fact that they gambled for the garments of the Lord Jesus there and many of the other things they did. He por ...

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