Every year I've watched the global traditions around Easter, and some catch my eye with intrigue. Like the Filipino celebration where men actually walk the streets beating themselves and literally re-enacting the Crucifixion Jesus experienced on that dreadful day. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think we need to experience what Jesus experienced, after all, that's the reason He went o the cross, so we wouldn't have to, but it's an interesting analysis of the difference in faith we all experience in our different traditions.
I got an e-mail from a mom today. Actually, her son has been under our training for a while, and he decided to stage a crucifixion on Friday. He and a few of his friends decided good Friday was going to be a place where the hole community could witness a re-enactment in front of the church.
They gave the community a 'real' viewing, and they stayed on the cross for four hours last Friday. Immediately I thought back to those Filipino people, but these guys didn't actually hurt themselves. They just wanted the community to experience the power of the crucifixion visually alongside them. The reports, well, they were very interesting. With mixed reviews, the reality of Jesus' crucifixion was made clear for all to see. And the experience of the boys? Well, they'll never think about the cross the same way again.
Even though I don't think we all need to re-enact the event, it is an interesting idea. To physically feel a portion of what Jesus must have felt on that day, would surely help the hole of the experience become real.
I wonder, if we ever decided to look at the brutality of Jesus' crucifixion, what would be the difference in the way we perceive the Easter Holidays?
Kudos to you guys, and my hope is we all have a different view of the gospel story, as we see Jesus' death necessary for our reconciliation with God.