crucify

to criticize harshly; to treat cruelly
—When the boss finds out, he’s going to crucify you for losing the company’s money.

Jesus was sentenced to die by crucifixion. This meant he would be nailed to a cross by his hands and feet and would hang on the cross until he died.

The soldiers took Jesus away,

and carrying his own cross he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” (called in Aramaic Golgotha). There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a notice written and fastened to the cross, which read: “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” (John 19:17,18)

It was against Jewish law for public executions to take place within the city of Jerusalem; therefore, Jesus was crucified outside the city walls at a location called “The Place of the Skull.” The name may have come about because of the deaths that occurred there or because it was on a hill that resembled a human skull. In Luke’s account, he says that another name for the place was Calvary, coming from the Latin word for skull. Today, golgotha, (like gesthemane) means “a time or place of extreme suffering,” and calvary means “a great ordeal or difficulty.”

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