I know what you say. Christians are obsessed with the death of Jesus. You ask why. You admit he suffered a painful death, but people have suffered harsher deaths. Well there are several valid reasons Christians feel so strongly about Christ’s death.
1. Jesus was innocent. Innocent men have been imprisoned many years for crimes, and then those same men were freed when DNA evidence vindicated them. This stirs such a sense of injustice in you, doesn’t it? Consider the injustice of capital punishment on Jesus, the man who never sinned.
2. Jesus was the son of God. A community is disheartened when anyone from a community is killed, but consider how much more the community reacts when someone of great importance has been murdered. Like President Abraham Lincoln or President John F. Kennedy? Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Jesus was way more important than those men. He was the most important person in born in all of creation.
3. Jesus is beloved. Death brings about sadness for everyone, but no life event brings about more pain or stress than losing a loved one. Christians are in a deep personal relationship with Jesus. Even though we recognize Jesus has risen from the death, it still brings such great grief to remember his suffering and death.
It may be difficult for nonChristians to understand how Christians can be in a personal relationship with a man who died over 2,000 years ago, but it should be perplexing enough to ask yourself if there is something to this Jesus Christ. Could you get to know him personally like a brother or a friend? It is possible if only you ask for it in prayer. Give it a try right now. You have nothing to lose.