Why It’s Important to Read About the Crucifixion

I’ve never been particularly fond of the Crucifixion accounts in the Gospels. I feel sad when I read them. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable when I read them. Why couldn’t the apostles have focused a bit more on the Resurrection and a bit less on Jesus’ suffering-filled death?

We often feel uncomfortable when we read the Crucifixion accounts in the Gospels. However, it’s really important that we read them. Here’s why.

As Easter approaches, I’ve been thinking about why it’s important for us to read about the Crucifixion. It’s easy to understand that we should read the Gospel accounts of it simply because they are included in the Bible. However, I think there are several other important reasons to read them.

Why read the story of the Crucifixion

It reminds us that our forgiveness is possible because of Christ’s shed blood

The Crucifixion was bloody. This is one of the chief reasons I don’t like reading about it! If anything, though, this aspect of the story should draw me to it. Why? Because it is Christ’s shed blood that brings about forgiveness for our sins:

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

It helps us see the gravity of our sin

I think we sometimes don’t take our sin seriously enough. We continue engaging in it because we know we’re under grace and not under the law (Romans 6). The Crucifixion helps us get a right perspective on this. If the only way our powerful and righteous God could forgive our sin was by bearing it Himself in Christ on the cross, then our sin must be a very serious thing.

It shows us the depth of God’s love for us

Jesus endured the shame and pain of the cross for us:

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8

Just think about it for a minute: He endured that suffering for you and for me. Who else would endure such anguish for frail, fickle, and deeply flawed people like us?

It reminds us that we don’t earn our salvation by works

We can’t earn forgiveness and the assurance of eternity with God by doing good things. It doesn’t matter how much we give, serve, or confess. Even penitence or self-flagellation won’t earn us salvation. The Crucifixion reminds us that our salvation is truly by God’s grace, through our faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ purchased us by His own blood so we do not have to rely on works to be justified before Him (Galatians 3:10-14).

It helps us as we experience trials

We experience trials in our own lives. Not only do we know this from our own experiences, but the Bible tells us to expect it (John 15:20, 16:33). The Crucifixion helps us remember that, in the same way it perfected Jesus, suffering from trials helps us grow (Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8-9, James 1:2-4). It also reminds us that our present sufferings are fleeting and are helping us gain an eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Final thoughts

As you read about the Crucifixion this Easter, it’s okay to cringe at the thought of a crown of thorns. It’s okay to feel sorrow at the thought of our sin. It’s okay to cry over the fact that Jesus was beaten. These thoughts and feelings help us remember that:

  • We’re forgiven because of Jesus’ shed blood.
  • Our sin is serious.
  • God’s love for us is extravagant.
  • We don’t have to earn our salvation.
  • Our struggles are not in vain.

Have you ever found it difficult to read about the Crucifixion? Why do you think it is important that we read about it?

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Comments

  1. I love this. Even though the crucifixion is essential to my faith, I have a hard time with it too sometimes. But it’s important! Thanks for sharing these truths today! 🙂

    • Hi Laura,
      I find that I’m much more willing to read about it now that I’ve thought through all of this. I hope you will, too.

  2. I don’t like thinking about it, but when I do it seems to pull my heart closer to Jesus. Visiting from #MomentsOfHope

    • I think it does have that impact, Kelly. How can we not draw closer when we realize what He gave for us?

  3. Shannon, this is so great! It is so beautiful to meditate and reflect on the Crucifixion-like you said, it shows us the depths of God’s love! When I was in middle school, one of my teachers gave a talk about the medical and scientific aspects of Christ’s Passion (how the Crown of Thorns pierced certain nerves, for example), and that really opened my eyes to the amazing love and mercy that God has for all people. When I read Rom 5:6-8 in light of what really happened during the Passion, that it wasn’t just some rosy, cleaned-up event, it blew my mind and helped me draw so much closer to Christ. And being able to unite my sufferings with the trials and hardships that Christ underwent for love is so powerful, and really elevates any suffering that I go through 🙂

    • I tend to prefer a rosy, cleaned-up account, AnneMarie. However, this isn’t accurate. As you’ve noted, really giving thought to His trials and hardships helps us understand His love and helps us draw closer to Him. We all need this!

  4. I don’t remember when I learned that the cross wasn’t pretty, but I know it changed everything for me. I don’t know why we do that as Christians – make the cross something beautiful. I mean, it is a beautiful truth, but what Christ endured for us was unfathomable. And realizing what He went through makes it that much more powerful.

    • Indeed, it is a beautiful truth. It does help us understand how powerful it is when we understand what Christ went through.

  5. Those are all good reasons to read about the crucifixion. Very well written! I watched The Passion of the Christ and sobbed uncontrollably. To know that Jesus loves us that much and was beaten like He was really hit my heart.

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