Have you ever wondered why the death of Jesus had to be so brutal? We know He had to die for us; if He hadn’t we would still be separated from God by our sins. But why couldn’t He have been executed in some sort of respectful manner? Every time we read the gospel accounts of His arrest, trials and execution we’re shocked all over again at how cruel and unjust the whole process was. He wasn’t simply executed; He was degraded and dehumanized. And wouldn’t you have assumed that God would have prevented that from happening to His own Son, that He would have arranged for His death to be relatively painless? But He didn’t, and it wasn’t. It was horrible. Why?