“Then released he Bar-ab’-bas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified”
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death.
At the time Crucifixion was the “worst” kind of punishment. Only the worst Criminals were condemned to be crucified. 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 wrists, not into His palms as 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 His wrist, that the tendon would tear and break bringing about tremendous pain threby forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support Himself in order to breath.
Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced 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 using His legs in order to continue to Breath.
Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! A few minutes before Driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped. And an even larger nail hammered through.
Then He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
From familiar images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… but do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating was so horrific that His face was torn and his beard were ripped from His face.
The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men Would not have survived this type of torture.
He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured out from His Wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 Litres of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His Members; a crown of thorns on His head, and beyond that, a roman soldier stabbed a spear into His Chest..
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 was scourge: Matthew 27:26
Jesus was beaten: Matthew 26:67
Jesus was spat and smote at: Matthew 27:30
Jesus was mocked: Matthew 27:29
Jesus was stripped: Matthew 27:31
Jesus had to endure this excruciating experience in order to open the Gates of Heaven (to whoever may believe) , so that we can not only have free access to God (His throne of grace), but also wash away our sins and every unrighteousness.
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
If you are not ashamed of what Jesus did and what He suffered for you , follow Jesus’ instructions.
He said in Matthew 10:32 & 33: “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I will deny before my Father in heaven.
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