I don’t usually do this, but I copied and pasted a lot of this, refining and editing along the way. Please let me know if you find any inaccuracies. •Elizabeth Ann
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. At that time, crucifixion was the “worst” death reserved for only the worst criminals. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus because unlike criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrists, not into His palms, as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support Himself so that He could breath.
Both of His feet were nailed together, thus forcing Him to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back and then using his legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over three hours. Yes, OVER THREE HOURS! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound To His side… But do we really realize that His wounds were actually made inside his body?
A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even larger nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was beaten so severely that His flesh was torn from His body. His beard was ripped from His face and He was unrecognizable. He had no more blood To bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of His blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns cut deeply into His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier stabbed a spear into His chest.
All this without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in His face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed), or the night before when He sweat drops of blood. He asked His Father to “take this cup from me.” I always thought He was talking about what He was about to go through, namely, death on the cross, and separation from God; but is it possible that Jesus was asking His Father to help Him now, in the garden? I would think that sweating great drops of blood in itself could be deadly. It’s definitely not something you see everyday. Jesus was man — He was mortal, and could’ve died before He even reached the cross. Did you ever stop to think about that? Jesus died, but more than that, He rose up from the dead!
He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is now at the right hand of God!!! Why did He go through all that, and willingly? To open the gates of heaven so that you can have free access to God if you accept His atoning sacrifice.
Jesus prayed, “and this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” John 17:3
Don’t ignore this situation.
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
He died for you! So that you could live in freedom, have victory over sin and gain eternal life, which, as described in the above verse, is knowing Him… Forever! It’s a gift. Crazy, isn’t it: I give Jesus my sin stained black heart that could NOT stand before a Holy God, but since God sent His Son to die the death I deserved, take my sin and the sin of the world on Himself, now I am clean in God’s eyes, because He imputes Jesus’ righteousness on me! My sins are washed away!
Yes, I love God. He is my Source of life and my Savior. He’s the reason my heart and yours are still beating.
Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him… “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13.
What will YOU do with Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Christ?
Happy Easter. HE IS RISEN!!! Hallelujah!