People who let themselves get nailed on the cross every year in the Philippines puzzled me until I understood the reason for doing such eccentric religious practice.Pampanga is a known place where you see these Christian devotees who sacrifice themselves during lenten season.They are nailed and visitors come from different cities and nations.This is a Good Friday ritual of Roman Catholic believers.You see a parade of people carrying their own cross and hitting themselves while having a long distance walk under the heat of the sun before the nailing session.The people of Pampanga refuse to say that they do this as a form of entertainment. The government takes part in this activity by providing medical assisstance to the devotees.
There's one common reason I know why they involve themselves in this kind of ritual. The devotees believe that doing this kind of penitence will grant their wishes and wants in life. They firmly hopes that God will give them what their heart desires if they follow what Jesus Christ had done on the cross.
From my point of view, there's no point of doing this. God has already conquered the grave and it's now easy for us to be forgiven and achieve salvation. It's the grace and love of God that makes us feel happy and contented in life.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son and whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life- John 3:16
If we want to have what we want to get in life this bible verse will make it possible to achieve for those who believe in Him.
But seek ye first the kingdon of God and his rightesosness and all these things will be added unto you-Matthew 6:33