Crucifixion of Jesus
The crucifixion of Jesus is an event recorded in all four gospels which takes place after his arrest at Gethsemane and trial before Pontius Pilate. It includes his scourging, crucifixion on the cross, and burial. In Christian theology, the death of Jesus by crucifixion is a core event. (See salvation).
Christians believe that Jesus was God in human form. After he died on the Cross on Friday, it is believed he went down to Hell to free the souls of the people who had died before Jesus' coming. On Sunday, Christians believe that Jesus came back to life and left the tomb where he was buried. This is called the resurrection.
The crucifixion is, according to the Bible, necessary to Christianity. Christians believe that Jesus suffered very much on the cross as a way of paying for all of mankind's sins (sins = bad actions, thoughts, deeds, etc.). By taking on all of this suffering, mankind was freed from the punishment that God should have given to man (because of man's weakness and bad choices in life).
The crucifixion itself is a very sad event as Jesus had to suffer horribly. His friends and his own mother had to see it. However, this was necessary for him to come back to life and to show that death has no power over him. Through the crucifixion, Christians believe that God has set us free and shown to the world that Jesus is God and that life is forever. According to the Bible, Jesus sacrificed himself for all of mankind to show his love.
A passion play is a play that tells this story of Jesus' trial and then his crucifixion. A recent version, The Passion of the Christ, was produced and released by Mel Gibson. It was and still is very popular with Christians and non-Christians alike.[source?]