The Christian faith proclaims that at a specific time and place, the Son of God became flesh and lived among us. However, Jesus was such a remarkable person that some people even wondered whether he was human at all. The Bible therefore goes out of its way to say that he was flesh, born of a woman, in very nature a human, made like us in every respect except for sin (John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:17). He was really human.
References to: crucifixion
Almost 2,000 years ago, a Jewish carpenter was condemned as a dangerous religious and political rebel. He was executed in one of the most painful and shameful punishments ever known: flogging and crucifixion. This form of death was a scandal to both Jews and Gentiles.
Jesus had an amazingly productive ministry, teaching and healing thousands. He attracted large crowds and had potential for much more. He could have healed thousands more by traveling to the Jews and Gentiles who lived in other areas.
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A few years ago the movie The Passion of the Christ sparked renewed debate over whether Jews should be held responsible for the death of Jesus. Sadly, from the days of the first century there have been professing Christians who have promoted the idea that Jews should be punished for Jesus’ crucifixion.