Jesus Was Crucified And Died For Us!



Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

NOTE:  The following was sent to us via Email and we felt that it was such an excellent post that it needed to be on our website.   It Was Condensed From "The Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ" By C. Truman Davis, M.S.


A DOCTOR DESCRIBES THE CRUCIFIXION
OF JESUS CHRIST

After the Passover Meal, Jesus and His Disciples went to the Garden Of Gethsemane so Jesus could pray.

THE BLOODY SWEAT

The physical trauma of Christ begins in the Garden Of Gethsemane with one of the initial aspects of His suffering - the bloody sweat. It is interesting that the physician of the group, St. Luke, is the only one to mention this.

Luke 22:44 says And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

Though very rare, the phenomenon of hemathidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process alone could have produced marked weakness and possible shock.

JESUS IS ARRESTED

After His arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin (the ruling council) and Caiaphas, the High Priest. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas. The palace guards then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by; they spat on Him and struck Him in the face.

JESUS CONDEMNED TO CRUCIFIXION

In the early morning, Jesus, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, was taken across Jerusalem to the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia. It was there, in response to the cries of the mob, that Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion.

THE SCOURGING

Preparations for the scourging are carried out. The prisoner is stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head.

The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached to the ends of each.

The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back and legs.

At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles.

The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows.  Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue.

When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is stopped.

THE MOCKERY

The half-fainting Jesus is then untied and allowed to slump to the stone pavement, wet with His own blood.

The Roman soldiers see a great joke in this provincial Jew claiming to be a king. They throw a robe across His shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter.

A small bundle of flexible branches covered with long thorns is pressed into His scalp.  Again there is copious bleeding (the scalp being one of the most vascular areas in the body).

After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp.  Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back.

The robe had already started sticking to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, and its removal, just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, cause excruciating pain - almost as though He were again being whipped, and the wounds again begin to bleed.

THE WALK TO CRUCIFIXION

The heavy beam of the cross is then tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves and the execution detail, begins its slow journey.

The weight of the heavy wooden beam, together with the shock produced by copious blood loss, is too much. He stumbles and falls. The rough wood of the beam gouges into the lacerated skin and muscles of His shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their endurance.

The centurion, anxious to proceed with the crucifixion, selected a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross.

Jesus followed, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock. The 650-yard journey from the Fortress Antonia to Golgotha was finally completed. The prisoner was again stripped of His clothing except for a loin cloth which was allowed by the Jews.

THE NAILS OF CRUCIFIXION

At Golgotha, the beam is placed on the ground and Jesus is quickly thrown backward with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood.

Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The beam is then lifted in place at the top of the posts and a sign reading “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” is nailed in place.

THE PAIN OF CRUCIFIXION

The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each. As he pushes Himself upward to avoid the stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet.

There is searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones through the feet.

As Jesus slowly sagged down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shot along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain. The nails in the wrists were putting pressure on the median nerve, large nerve trunks which traverse the mid-wrist and hand.

As He pushed himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He placed His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there was searing agony as the nail tore through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of this feet.

THE MEDICAL EFFECTS OF CRUCIFIXION

As the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain.

With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by His arms, the pectoral muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, He is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.

Hours of this limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber.

Then another agony begins. A deep crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.

The compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues - the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps, “I thirst.”

THE LAST GASP

He could feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brought forth little more than a tortured whisper: "It is finished."


His mission of atonement had been completed. Finally, He could allow His body to die. With one last surge of strength, He once again pressed His torn feet against the nail, straightened His legs, took a deeper breath, and uttered His last cry: "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit."

The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the leg. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest, and rapid suffocation occurred.

The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers approached Jesus, they saw that this was not necessary.

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart.

John 19:34 says But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”

Thus there was an escape of watery fluid from the sac surrounding the heart and the blood of the interior of the heart. This is rather conclusive post-mortem evidence that Jesus died, not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium.

THE MIRACLE OF THE RESURRECTION

In these events, we have seen a glimpse of the evil that man can exhibit toward his fellowman and toward God.

But the Crucifixion was not the end of the story. How grateful we can be that we have a sequel: a glimpse of the infinite mercy of God toward man -- the gift of atonement, the miracle of the resurrection, and the expectation of Easter morning.

Our Note: Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to suffer and die a horrific death on the cross to pay the penalty due for our sins so that you and I could have our sins forgiven, be saved and have everlasting life.

7 SALVATION SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:36 says He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 5:24 says “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

John 6:40 says For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

1 John 5:11 says “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”

John 14:6  says Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Romans 10:8-10 says But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

God’s Gift Of Salvation Is Free! To be saved, become an Adopted Child Of God, and have everlasting life, all we have to do is confess that we are a sinner, ask God to forgive us, accept Jesus as our personal savior and make Him Lord of our life. We encourage you not to wait – do this today!

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Would You Be Willing To Die For Jesus?


A VERY POWERFUL DREAM

In 2002, I had a very powerful dream that I have not shared on the internet or on our website. This dream has caused me to do a whole lot of thinking. When I woke up, I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget any part of it and I would like to share that dream with you now.

A DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE

In your mind, picture yourself living in a different time and place. The United States is no longer the superpower it once was and our current form of government no longer exists. Our country is now ruled by a ruthless dictator and Christianity has been declared illegal.

A SECRET CHURCH SERVICE

You, your family, and a large group of Christians are having a secret church service in a large basement facility. About half way through praise and worship, the doors burst open and a large group of uniformed soldiers carrying automatic weapons rush in and surround you and the entire congregation.

FINAL WARNING

The commander steps to the front and, surveying everyone there, says “If any of you are not truly Christians, leave now!” One by one, about half a dozen people get up and leave the room. Again, the commander barks out “This is your final warning. If you are not ready to affirm your Christian faith, get up and leave now!” Slowly, one by one, four more people get up and leave the room. Then the commander barks out another order and the soldiers quickly force everyone left to stand to their feet and form a single line in front of the commander.

A MIDDLE AGED COUPLE

The first two people in line are a middle aged couple. The commander looks directly at the husband and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your wife are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll both be executed right now. How do you respond?” With tears streaming down his face, the husband replies “No, I can’t do that! Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.” Without hesitation, the soldiers force the woman to her knees, put a gun to her head, and pull the trigger. BANG!!! The horrible sound of a gunshot reverberates throughout the room, blood splatters everywhere, and the woman’s body slumps to the floor. Two soldiers quickly grab her by the arms and haul her lifeless body over to the corner of the room. Without further commands from the commander, the process is repeated with the husband and his lifeless body is also hauled over to the corner and dumped in a heap on top of his wife.

A YOUNG PREGNANT MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER

The next two people in line are a young pregnant mother and her daughter. The commander looks directly at the mother and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your daughter are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll both be executed right now. How do you respond?” With tears streaming down her face, the mother replies “No, I can’t do that! Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.” To everyone’s horror, the soldiers quickly force the young girl to her knees, put a gun to her head, and pull the trigger. BANG!!! Once again, the horrible sound of a gunshot reverberates throughout the room and the girl’s lifeless body is hauled over and dumped in the corner. The soldiers immediately repeat the process and the mother’s lifeless body is also hauled away.

A YOUNG MAN IN HIS TWENTIES

Next in line is a young man in his twenties. The commander looks directly at him and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll be executed right now. How do you respond?” The young man, without hesitation, blurts out “NO! I can’t do this. I’m too young to die. I’ve got too many years yet to live. I renounce Jesus Christ!” With a smile on his face, the commander says “Good, you are free to go.” The young man turns and slowly heads for the door. With fear written all over his face, he begins to run and disappears through the exit. In a matter of seconds, everyone hears the screeching of tires and a loud thud. A soldier sticks his head in the door and says “That young man who just ran out of here ran into the street without looking and was hit by a truck. He’s dead! What should we do with his body?” With a smirk, the commander replies “Dump him with the rest of them!”

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Now, all too quickly, you and your family are at the head of the line. The commander looks directly at you and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your family are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll all be executed right now. How do you respond?

THE QUESTION IS, HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

How strong is your faith and would you really be willing to die for Jesus? None of us really know how we would respond under the circumstances described in my dream.

Consider Simon Peter’s denial in the following:

Luke 22:31-34 says “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death”. Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me”. And, before that day was over, that’s exactly what Peter did!

Matthew 10:32-33 says “Jesus says ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in Heaven’”.

Matthew 10:37-39 says “Jesus also says ‘Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’”.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

Will you lose your life like the young man who renounced Jesus in my dream and spend your eternity in Hell or will you find your life like the husband and wife and the mother and daughter and spend your eternity in Heaven? The choice is yours just as the choice is mine!

We pray that you will never be exposed to any circumstances like those described in my dream above. But, just in case you are, we encourage you to say the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, I ask in the Name of Jesus, that if I am ever involved in any situation where I am required to stand firm in my faith and affirm You as my Savior and Lord, that You will grant me the grace and the strength to endure any hardship that I might be faced with. Lord, in Philippians 4:13, Your Word says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” For this, I thank you. Amen.”

God bless you and thank you for allowing me to share this dream with you.

Presented By Bill Rogers of Prime Life Ministries

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