A Naked Jesus?

Though there is some dispute, it’s likely Jesus was crucified naked. That was the common custom. Adding to his humiliation, nakedness also added to his identification with those of us who have been abused. Not only was Jesus ridiculed and beaten, he was physically exposed.

Jesus understands our torment. Physical, emotional, and sexual violence. On the cross, he experienced them all.

Jesus, you absorbed the violence of the crucifixion. The splinters of the rough wooden cross dug into your real body.  The jeering crowds assaulted your spirit. Nakedness intensified your vulnerability. You felt unimaginably alone. Today, we remember your pain, suffered for us.

Thank you.