7 April 2023
In 1986, The American Medical Association published an article titled “The Physical Death of Jesus Christ”. It details the entire process of Jesus’ trial to His death on the cross. In Luke 22, before Jesus is arrested, it is written that He was in great distress & sweating blood. Although rare, it is recognized as Hematidrosis, caused by high amounts of stress.
At the time, the crucifixion was considered the worst death for the worst of criminals. But this is not all Jesus faced. He endured whipping so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. He was beaten so horrific that His face was torn & His beard ripped. A crown of thorns, 2-3 inches long cut deeply into His scalp. The leather whip used to flog Him had tiny iron balls & sharp bones. The balls caused internal injuries while the sharp bones ripped open His flesh. His skeletal muscles, veins, & bowels we’re exposed, causing major blood loss. Most men do not survive this kind of torture. After Jesus was severely flogged, He was forced to carry His own cross while people mocked & spat on Him.
Crucifixion was a process meant to instill excruciating pain, creating a slow & agonizing death. Nails as long as 8 inches were driven into Jesus’ wrists & feet. The Roman soldiers knew the tendon in the wrists would tear & break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support Himself to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the courage..Jesus endured this reality for 3 hours!
The Gospel of John writes that after Jesus’ death, a Roman soldier pierced His side with a spear & blood & water came out. Scientists explain that from hypovolemic shock, the rapid heartrate causes fluid to gather in the sack around the lungs & heart. The gathering of fluid in the membrane around the heart is called Pericardial effusion & the lungs, Pleural effusion. This doesn’t even account for the pain of his closest friends betraying him, the weight of having the sin of the whole world on him, and even having his own Father look away during that moment.
Jesus went through all of this so you and I could be in Heaven with him someday. To him, the idea of you spending eternity in Heaven with him was worth it all. All the pain, all the suffering, all the betrayals, all the heartache. Jesus paid it all because he loves you with all his heart. That’s what Good Friday is all about. The good news is, he came back to life three days later, conquering sin, death and hell forever. He made a way for us to go to Heaven someday if we accept him as our Lord and Savior.
If you’ve never accepted Jesus into your life, pray with me… Dear Jesus, come into my life. Forgive me of my sins. Make me brand new. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for dying for my sins and rising again, so I can be in Heaven with you someday. Thank you for making me a part of your family. In Jesus’ name I pray… Amen