Imagine losing someone dear to you in a horrific manner. Imagine as a tribute to them, every year on the anniversary of their death, the details were played out as a dramatic presentation, for all to see.
I would find that hard to bear. I would consider that a cruel and hurtful thing for someone to do. Instead, on the anniversary of the day I lost someone precious to me, I want to remember what they gave me, both intangible and tangible. I want to mimic some of their ways, and philosophies that I admired and treasured while they were with me.
This leads me to the question, how do you feel about Christians crucifying Jesus every Easter? Not only once, but probably several hundred times, and all over the world! They reenact the scene on the cross. And because of technology, and the fact that many actors are active members of their respective churches, the dramatization is very realistic. Almost too much so!
We are made in the image of God, our bodies are his temple. So put yourself in our Father’s place. While, I believe he wants us to remember and honor the cross and what it represents, does he want to see his dearly beloved Son, crucified over and over again, year after year?
You see the problem is that we spend most of the Easter service reenacting the death of Jesus, and usually only the last few minutes are dedicated to the resurrection. I feel there is so much we are missing about the message of the Gospel of Jesus. Since we see this every year, my worry is that are we becoming desensitized to the real meaning of the cross. I am not saying that this is wrong. If God has truly place in your heart that this is the way to honor what Christ did, do what you do.
But I say, let’s not put Jesus on the cross every year. We do that enough when we sin effortlessly every day. I think to honor Christ’s death is to remember his life.
Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.