Since Easter is this weekend, I thought it would be good to revisit the word crucify. We have been taught to belief that it represents Jesus hanging on the cross until is ultimate physical death. This is true, however crucify has another meaning. So let’s revisit the other mean of the concept first written in the blog Jesus’ Initiation.
In the Greek language the word for crucify is “stauroo.” Part of the definition means to impale on the cross, which would satisfy the story of Jesus dying on the cross. Yet if we continue to read the definition, it states “fig. to extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness.” The word “passion” means:
any kind of feeling by which the mind is powerfully affected or moved; a vehement, commanding, or overpowering emotion; in psychology and art, any mode in which the mind is affected or acted upon (whether vehemently or not), as ambition, avarice, desire, hope, fear, love, hatred, joy, grief, anger, revenge. Now let’s look at the definition of subdue. It means to bring (a person) into mental, moral, or spiritual subjection; to get the upper hand of by intimidation, persuasion, etc.; to obtain control of the conduct, life, or thoughts of; to render (a person or animal) submissive; to prevail over, get the better of; with a person’s body, soul, mind, action, etc. as the object.
In like manner, the word “subdues” means:
to conquer and bring into subjection; to overpower by superior force, overcome, to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation; render submissive; to repress (feelings, impulses, etc.); to bring (land) under cultivation; to reduce the intensity, force, or vividness of (sound, light, color, etc.); to allay (inflammation, infection, etc.).
The phrase “subdue one’s passion” means to control a person’s exaggerated emotions and desires. This is a popular teaching in Freemasonry.
Subsequently, the controlling of a person’s emotions and desires is needed to be considered a person of high character. The person isn’t supposed to be reckless. This doesn’t mean the person totally gets rid of his/her emotions. It simply means they are not out of control. The only way a person can control his/her emotions is with the comprehension of what is happening. Since Jesus was crucified, it proves that his character had to be out of control. He wasn’t worthy or qualified to be a high priest (Read Jesus’ Initiation for more details). He was a work in progress, just like, we are works in progress. Even looking at the word CRUCIFIXATION, five letters from the beginning and five letters from the end, we see the word “Fix.” As I was taught, we are patience on the hospital bed. In other words, we are patience seeking to get what is wrong with us fixed.
Remember in numerology the number 10 (5+5=10 or 1) means you are starting over at step 1. Each cycle is 1-9. Jesus was crucified at the age of 33 (3×3=9). His resurrection means he was starting his new life at step one. Numbers don’t lie. But what new life was he starting?