Good video from Bishop Barron on the strangeness of the cross.
Making Christianity respectable is not a prerogative, nor a commission.
Always remember that the authorities arrested him, but not before falling on their faces before him. He became sin for us; there was nothing in his countenance that we
should regard him. Yet he was completely in charge, the one who went
before and led the way.
Aside: I tend to align with the tradition that says that
Mother Mary used her veil to protect the modesty of her son after he was
stripped. Could be historically otherwise of course.