This report reminds us that Saudi Arabia still crucifies people, though it’s not quite crucifixion as the Romans did it. From Saudi court upholds child rapist crucifixion ruling:
A Saudi court of cassation upheld a ruling to behead and crucify a 22-year-old man convicted of raping five children and leaving one of them to die in the desert, newspapers reported on Tuesday.
The convict was arrested earlier this year after a seven-year old boy helped police in their investigation. The child left in the desert after the rape was three years old, Okaz newspaper said. . . .
In Saudi Arabia, crucifixion means tying the body of the convict to wooden beams to be displayed to the public after beheading.
Unlike some human rights activists, I’m not quibbling with the punishment for this particularly horrible crime. I suspect that beheading the criminal before crucifying him was seen, historically, as a merciful gesture. But the shame of crucifixion–displaying the malefactor for all to see–is retained.
This latter-day version preserves at least part of the significance of what our Lord went through: How heinous it indeed was for Jesus to bear the sins of the whole world, including these child rapes. How repulsive the spectacle. How shameful, that He be lifted up.
God convicted and condemned. God humiliated. God killed.
Nietzsche and the death-of-God theologians, the new atheists who accuse God of immorality, those who mock and blaspheme God today, have nothing on what God already did of and to Himself.
To redeem us.