Crucifixion is an extreme method of capital punishment or execution. While there are several variations, the process involves suspending a person on a vertical surface, often a tree or post with their arms stretched out beside or above them. Forced to remain in this position, the victim is slowly killed by his/her own weight as fluid collects in the chest cavity eventually leading to suffocation.
Crucifixion is arguably the cruelest form of death ever devised. It is extremely painful and can last several days. In addition to the excruciating pain of the crucifixion itself, Jesus was also beaten beyond recognition, flogged repeatedly, and nailed to the cross.