I am not into organized religion because I see its distortions but I still see that the crucifixion story shows how each one of us is living an illusion if we are deceived by the illusion of time and space. The cross and the suffering it causes if one is nailed to it represents the suffering and destruction that comes as the result of being bound to/living according to an illusion. In that story, the Christ figure is the symbolic scapegoat for people's error in this respect...
the PBS NOVA shows on the topic of the space-time illusion:
entire episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qu9XaF2K10