No one “blows it,” not even the crucifiers. Everyone acts according to the fullest extent of their consciousness. Crime and punishment? Punishment is itself a crime.
During the sacred penultimacy of the crucifixion, that’s how his arms were—wide open, his palms nailed to a length of unfinished wood, as innocent and vulnerable as it is possible to be.
A carpenter’s nail driven through the centre of the palm creates a situation where the hand is painfully open. If there’s a model for how reconciliation works, this is it.
What are we to make of the New Testament detail that Jesus wore a seamless garment? The one the soldiers argued over.
Facts are facts. He dressed expensively.
This endears him to me.