Prior to the crucifixion, Jesus' face was beaten beyond recognition, his beard was ripped out, a crown of thorns made of razor sharp thorns was thrust upon his head, and he was whipped 39 times with a roman whip, composed of several leather strands with bones, metal, and possibly even glass at the ends. As the whipping took place the components at the end would penetrate into the victim's flesh and then be ripped out, causing massive amounts of skin, tissue, and blood loss.
Most of the time raw bones were exposed on the victim's back. Many people died or went unconscious from the whipping alone, but Jesus endured much more than this. They took a cross beam and placed it on the open flesh of his back, forcing him to carry it to the crucifixion site which could have been as much as two football fields length away. The Bible tells us that Jesus fell as he was walking to the crucifixion site, which could mean that he may have broken several ribs and may have even bruised his heart and other internal organs.
Upon reaching the crucifixion site, the cross beam would be connected to the stipes, the main beam of the cross. Jesus hands or wrists and feet were nailed to the cross with nails thought to be seven inches long and 3/8 of an inch thick. Many pictures show a foot rest on the cross, but there is not historical proof for this. Most records show that foot rests were never used. This meant that the victim's weight would be placed entirely upon the nails through the feet. After the victim was nailed and often times also tied to the cross, the cross would be lifted into an upright position. As this happens, the weight of the body would cause ligament in the shoulders to tear and for the joints of each shoulder to dislocate. Once suspended, it is incredibly difficult to breathe, this hanging position from the arms causing the lungs to hyper extend, the only way to breathe would be to push off of the nail going through one's feet, and the area the nail would be going through on a person's foot is an incredibly sensitive part of the foot, meaning that every time a person would try to breath the nerves would be screaming as one pushed himself up. Additionally, Jesus back was torn open and most likely fulls of thorns, splinters, metal, bones, and glass. This means that every time he pushed himself up to breathe, all of these things would scrape into his back even further. The crucifixion process could last anywhere from hours to days. Due to Jesus severe lack of blood, his heart would have been beating as much as 180 times per minute in order to compensate for the lack of blood. At the same time, many theorists believe that the pericardial sack surrounding the heart would have been filling up with fluid meaning it was even harder for Jesus' heart to beat.
It's easy to see that Jesus' death was incredibly painful. In fact, the term excruciating comes from the word crucifixion in Latin. It's hard to even imagine how painful this must have been, and to think that the King of glory went through this for us. Our King who has infinite power, laid it down and endured our punishment for us, that we might be His righteousness. This love is beyond comprehension, but I do pray that the Lord would reveal His love to me more fully each day. Praise be to our King this day and forevermore.
Life and Characteristics of Jesus
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev 22:13), true God and true man.
Romans 9:5 Christ ... is God overall
John 20:28 My Lord and my God
1 John 5:20 "we are in him who is true - even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is true God and eternal life."
Yet He is true man
1 Timothy 2:5 There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Jesus our Lord and Savior who suffered so very greatly for our sin, had to become man so that he could fulfill the requirements of the law. So through the power of the Holy Spirit, the virgin Mary bore the Messiah, God and man in one person. Jesus then learned obedience and was obedient to the Father as a man on earth. His perfect obedience made him the only one who could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He then bore all of our sin in His punishment and death on the cross. Yet through this the wrath of God was satisfied. Jesus was then raised from the dead and made King. God the Father has now put all things under His feet.
Hebrews 4:15 We have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin.
Romans 5:19 Through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death- that is, the devil.
Having conquered the death, and the Devil, all things are now under Jesus' authority, and we too now share in this authority with Christ. We are seated with Him! So that we too now can rule as kings as God made us too, through the power of Jesus Christ which dwells within us as His children and heirs to the throne. Jesus will be forever praised. There will be no end to His rule, and He will come again to judge all of humanity. Having suffered through his life on earth, He is worthy of being our Lord and king for all eternity. Praise be to Jesus. We who believe in Jesus will also inherit eternal life through faith. Through Jesus, we are made into a new creation, God's righteousness. Jesus perfect life has been given to us through the cross! Jesus suffered all of the wrath of God on the cross and was even forsaken by God the Father! That is what sin deserves! To be forsaken. So Jesus had to suffer our death for us, Yet just as Jesus was raised to life, so we too are raised to life in Him. Our sinful nature has been crucified with Christ and we are now able to live the life of righteousness that we were always meant to live! It is possible! Through the power of Jesus Christ!
Praise and glory be to Him who was, who is, and shall be now and forevermore!