As Americans we have not grown up in a place where outrageous cruelty, publicly carried out by the state, is an everyday occurance. But in the Roman world of the First Century, it was. And Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Not for any wrong He ever did, but for our sins.
The Via Dolorosa, sung by Sandi Patti, memorializes this. I don’t find it an easy thing to contemplate. I pray I never do. Better to be in awe of it than to take it for granted.