Do you observe the Good Friday tradition? That being some 1,985 years ago, give or take a year here and there, a guy said he died this day on a cross. This supposedly occurred around the year 30 CE (Common Era).
Interesting is that, if you feel inclined and have the energy, the Vatican archives openly admit they had no idea when the man named Jesus died. In fact there is no solid record when Jesus was born or the actual time frame he existed and died. This alone brings extreme doubt of his existence. The Vatican has conflicting days Jesus was supposed to have died, Tuesday being the most popular. According to archived information Friday was chosen because it worked with some of the Gospels and the Jewish Celebrations.
For a dash of history, remembering of course, history is a matter of a point of view. Even so – it has been confirmed hanging people on a cross was the capital punishment of the day in the first century. It was noted that the then roads of Rome were laced with people hanged for crimes. Evidence of this extreme torture still exists today. History shows that hundreds sometimes thousands of people were hung weekly. This form of punishment was extensively used that crosses were recycled and trees were used when the numbers were too great. Big rusty nails have been found confirming the punishment of that day.
The big issue has been – did what happened in the first century regarding Jesus actually happen? For that matter did Jesus exist? Or was it that perhaps Jesus was merely a representation of the hundreds of Jews who were murdered in the first century.
The Jews were treated harshly with high taxes and many of them sentenced to death. Many Jews turned their back on their tradition as Jews. Josephus, a first century Jewish historian did exactly that. And no – he did not mention there was a man named Jesus who died on the cross. Any mention by Josephus about Jesus was uncovered as being a forgery. Equally the Essenes who recorded the activities of the first century failed to mention the mighty Jesus and his crucifixion.
Is it possible the so called death of Jesus was a symbol of the death of Judaism and the birth of Christianity as a way to escape the Roman punishment of the Jews – a way to set themselves free from persecution – who could blame them. Yes I know Judaism is still around, but what I am suggesting – it could have been used as a way to follow their tradition underground – under a different banner.
Oh and a bit of trivia for you. In the Old Testament when King David took another man’s wife as his own and impregnated her, he was cursed by the death of their first son. When their second son was born, that being Solomon, David was told one in every generation of his descendents would die a cruel death because of King David’s sin. Jesus made claim he was his descendant, so wouldn’t that make it, Jesus died for King David’s sin and not for humanity…. Just saying – check out the Old Testament, (if you could be bothered) for yourself.
Anyway let’s put that all aside, Afterall it was a long time ago and well it is time to live in the present not the past. I hope you have made the most of the day and enjoyed a day of relaxation. I love it these holidays the Christians force us to endure especially the Hot Cross Buns – yum.