We continue our Lenten series on Fleming Rutledge’s outstanding book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (2015).
In this post we begin chapter 2 on ‘The Godlessness of the Cross’.
Two questions upfront – and I wonder what answers you have to them if asked.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Why did Jesus have to die by crucifixion?
By ‘Godlessness’ Rutledge means that the cross is a scandal not in terms of Jesus’ death but the mode of his death – an obscene bloody execution. Why does Jesus, the Son of God, have to die this way?