The (Scientific) Death of Jesus

001THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

  At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death .  At the time  crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst  criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other 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 wrist, 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 the 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 and this forced 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 then using his legs just to continue to  breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 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, ( as Eve was taken from the side of Adam we, the church, are born out of the side of Christ.) But do we realize the wounds that were  made to his body before the nails and the spear? Jesus was whipped ( by His stripes we are healed) and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The  crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. ” 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 on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His side. All these 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 at Him. Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, so that you and I can have free access to God. So that your sins  could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception.

Happy Easter

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In Him, Mike

 

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