Kathy and Amanda and I just finished watching Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ.
I remember Mel being asked who he thought was responsible for the death of Jesus. He answered: ‘All of us.’
Mel Gibson did not appear in the film, except for a brief moment when his hand held the nails as they were driven into Jesus’ hands.
It is my hands that hold the nails too. My hands that strike with the hammer, my hands that craft the crown of thorns. Every time I decide to speak unkindly or untruthfully, every time I act selfishly, I spit in Jesus’ face, and shout with the crowd ‘Crucify him!’ Every time I choose my own comfort or pleasure over what is right, I swing the whip that scourged Him.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? I know I was.