A Powerful Examination of Our Lord’s Crucifixion

I’m hoping that other bloggers don’t get the wrong idea when I visit their blogs and mention my salvation page in the comments. I am in no way trying to willfully intrude on your space. I hate getting spam too.

However, I am not apologizing for what I am doing. As long as the Holy Spirit of God allows, I WILL continue to post my comments in other blogs. I give a very good reason below. As long as you have your comments open, rest assured, I will attempt to eventually reach you with the Gospel. I am not forcing you to believe, I am simply offering you this beautiful love gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

But, if you refuse to hear about Jesus’ love gift of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, in that He shed His precious blood and died for you, taking upon Himself YOUR punishment for sin, breathing His last, and dying a horrible, painful, bloody, traumatizing, openly humiliating death, then being buried in a borrowed tomb, and then on the third day, by a mighty miracle of God, resurrecting from the dead, ascending on high, and taking His rightful place at the right hand of God Almighty… well then, you had just better stay away from this blog, because I have no intention of giving up and grieving the Holy Spirit by staying silent about giving the Gospel to people. Kindly, in God’s eternal view, if you consistently reject Jesus Christ, your fate is already sealed, and you will regret your folly as soon as you breathe your last and face God Almighty at the Judgment.

Here is a description of the tortuous, bloody, barbaric death of the crucifixion that our Lord Jesus Christ had to endure– and He faced it all– FOR YOU AND FOR ME. WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!

Note: This following is not written by me, it is copied and pasted from an outside source. The Scriptures are unfortunately not from the King James Bible, but this is a very good, detailed description of the final hours of our Lord’s earthly life. Oh, what a wonderful Savior. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for enduring the cross for me.

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The upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached two or three feet below its top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross. The most common form used in our Lord’s day, however, was the Tau cross, shaped like our T. In this cross, the patibulum was placed in a notch at the top of the stipes. There is archaeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified.  Without any historical or biblical proof, Medieval and Renaissance painters have given us our picture of Christ carrying the entire cross. But the upright post, or stipes, was generally fixed permanently in the ground at the site of execution and the condemned man was forced to carry the patibulum, weighing about 110 pounds, from the prison to the place of execution. 

Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion, also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words to Thomas, “Observe my hands.” Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand. 

A titulus, or small sign, stating the victim’s crime was usually placed on a staff, carried at the front of the procession from the prison, and later nailed to the cross so that it extended above the head. This sign with its staff nailed to the top of the cross would have given it somewhat the characteristic form of the Latin cross. 

But, of course, the physical passion of the Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of this initial suffering, the one of greatest physiological interest is the bloody sweat. It is interesting that St. Luke, the physician, is the only one to mention this. He says, “And being in agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.”  Every ruse (trick) imaginable has been used by modern scholars to explain away this description, apparently under the mistaken impression that this just doesn’t happen. A great deal of effort could have been saved had the doubters consulted the medical literature. Though very rare, the phenomenon of Hematidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress of the kind our Lord suffered, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process might well have produced marked weakness and possible shock. 

After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was next brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiphas, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiphas. The palace guards then blind-folded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat upon Him, and struck Him in the face. 

In the early morning, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, Jesus is taken across the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia, the seat of government of the Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. You are, of course, familiar with Pilate’s action in attempting to pass responsibility to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Judea. Jesus apparently suffered no physical mistreatment at the hands of Herod and was returned to Pilate.

It was then, in response to the cries of the mob, that Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion.  There is much disagreement among authorities about the unusual scourging as a prelude to crucifixion. Most Roman writers from this period do not associate the two. Many scholars believe that Pilate originally ordered Jesus scourged as his full punishment and that the death sentence by crucifixion came only in response to the taunt by the mob that the Procurator was not properly defending Caesar against this pretender who allegedly claimed to be the King of the Jews.  Preparations for the scourging were carried out when the Prisoner was stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. It is doubtful the Romans would have made any attempt to follow the Jewish law in this matter, but the Jews had an ancient law prohibiting more than forty lashes.  The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near 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 thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the 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 finally stopped.  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 king. They throw a robe across His shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter. They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. Flexible branches covered with long thorns (commonly used in bundles for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this is pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding, the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of 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. Already having adhered to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, its removal causes excruciating pain just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, and almost as though He were again being whipped the wounds once more begin to bleed.  In deference to Jewish custom, the Romans return His garments. The heavy patibulum of the cross is tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion begins its slow journey along the Via Dolorosa.

In spite of His efforts to walk erect, 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 the shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their endurance.  The centurion, anxious to get on with the crucifixion, selects a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross. Jesus follows, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock, until the 650 yard journey from the fortress Antonia to Golgotha is finally completed.  Jesus is offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture. He refuses to drink. Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus 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 patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. 

The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves.

As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, 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 paralyzed and the intercostal 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.

It was undoubtedly during these periods that He uttered the seven short sentences recorded: 

The first, looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” 

The second, to the penitent thief, “Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” 

The third, looking down at the terrified, grief-stricken adolescent John — the beloved Apostle — he said, “Behold thy mother.” Then, looking to His mother Mary, “Woman behold thy son.” 

The fourth cry is from the beginning of the 22nd Psalm, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” 

Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.  One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” 

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissue; 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 His fifth cry, “I thirst.”  One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.

The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.”  His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die. 

With one last surge of strength, he once again presses His torn feet against the nail, straightens His legs, takes a deeper breath, and utters His seventh and last cry, “Father! Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” 

The rest you know. In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be dispatched and removed from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; thus 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 came to Jesus they saw that this was unnecessary. 

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John reports: “And immediately there came out blood and water.” That is, there was an escape of water fluid from the sac surrounding the heart, giving postmortem evidence that Our Lord died not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure (a broken heart) due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium. 

Thus we have had our glimpse — including the medical evidence — of that epitome of evil which man has exhibited toward Man and toward God. It has been a terrible sight, and more than enough to leave us despondent and depressed. How grateful we can be that we have the great sequel in the infinite mercy of God toward man — at once the miracle of the atonement (at one ment) and the expectation of the triumphant Easter morning.

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If you just read all of that, and you didn’t feel a tear roll down your cheek, or shudder at the inhumane, cruel method of the suffering and death of our Lord, or cry out to God to have mercy on your wretched soul, then your heart is as hard as flint and your conscience seared. I wouldn’t want to have read and know all of this and go about my day without thinking of it again. God knows your thoughts, and He knows exactly what you thought after reading this commentary. If you reject His Son, and all He has done for you, then you DESERVE Hell– every infinite, eternal, unending millisecond of torture, burning, searing, weeping, wailing, suffering of Hell’s eternal flames is yours, forever and ever. You’re given a fresh chance to repent with every new breath God has mercy on you enough to grant to you, an unworthy, Hell-bound sinner. Won’t you please acknowledge your sinnership in the eyes of a thrice-holy God and cry out, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR ME!!” I plead with you, do it NOW, while it’s not too late.

Thank You, Lord Jesus!!

Acts 5:41 KJB — And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

I want to publicly thank the Lord for allowing me to use this blog as a witness to others for the cause of Christ. A few people have responded, and I am going to keep this up as long as the Lord allows.

Please know that in myself, I would not be doing this. I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to show folks the one Way to Heaven, and His Name is Jesus Christ. I want people to be saved by God’s grace. It is God working in me to reach others.

If you refuse the Lord’s gift of salvation, you will not go to Heaven. There’s only two options: Jesus, or Hell. Receive Jesus, and you will become a new creature in Christ, enjoy all the blessings a child of God can enjoy, and live in Heaven with the Lord Jesus forever. Reject Jesus, and you’ll spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, suffering without relief forever. I didn’t write it, I just preach it.

How Can I Go To Heaven, and Miss This?

The Joy of the LORD is my Strength

And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 2 Samuel 6:14 KJB

I am absolutely flooded with joy at the response of this blog’s salvation page. I pray that God keeps His hand upon it, and that people would be born again by faith in Christ JESUS. I may not know who they are now, but I will, very soon.

Hallelujah!!!!!(\o/)(\o/)(\o/)!!!!!!!

A Certain Powerful Author

I am an avid follower of the Jesus is Savior website. For years I’ve been reading its articles and referring to its many varied subjects in all of my blogs, this one certainly not excluded. I find this website a clean breath of fresh air in the midst of the tumultuous sinful turmoil of the internet world.

Unless I must, I won’t go anywhere else, for fear that other websites are corrupted in some way, whether it’s the Gospel or the very climate of the website overall. There’s just too many evil devices out there nowadays for a true believer in the blood of Christ to approach without prayer and extreme caution (Psalm 101:3).

I’m not saying I won’t go anywhere else at all, but I’m immediately turned off by anything that does not coincide with the King James Bible. I can spot a Bible error in no time flat. I am as narrow-minded as the Bible, as the JIS author frequently says. I love and appreciate his efforts and prayerful hours of hard work preparing his articles and videos. He is a pastor, thoroughly seasoned in life and very much on fire for the Lord. His articles are hard-hitting, yet compassionate. I highly recommend this website to anyone who seeks Biblical truth.

Even though this author gets much hate mail (he calls it that), and even though he physically suffers unceasing neck and back pain incurred from a bus driving accident back in 2004, he continues on in the fight for souls, the race in which the prize is the Lord Jesus Christ. He frequently writes scathing articles on different subjects exposing sin for what it is, and even though he gets over 25,000 hits per day, and his website is first on the list of Godly preaching searches on Google (his site has been, by God’s grace, up and running since 2002), there are some subjects that his readers carefully avoid, such as sermons from unknown preachers over the years who were as on fire for God, like Dr. Max Younce, and other preachers’ videos who have attained popularity but not fame, such as Pastor Danny Castle in North Carolina and the late Dr. Jack Hyles (a list of impeccable preachers’ works and videos). Truly this website is a microcosm of Biblical power and principles, Godly teachings and doctrine, and it all stems directly from the Scriptures of the tried and true King James Bible. Many, many folks have been born again from this website. That right there says a lot.

I’m going to do something he won’t want (cover your ears, Brother) and say to the world that this author is a prodigy in how much he loves God. It’s very rare that a man is so deeply in love with his Savior and will literally put his life on the line for others as he does, for his Savior’s sake. Yet that is the very command that Jesus gave us, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, our mind, our strength, and our neighbor as ourself.

The Lord Jesus Himself had nothing of His own, yet He is King of kings and Lord of lords. I think it’s a worthy cause to follow Him– and all those who know His precious Name.

A LETTER OF THANKS, FROM THE JIS WEBSITE

The World vs. The Gospel: Which wins?

I was doing just the thing that I said I don’t like doing, that is, looking at the stats of each post. Wouldn’t you know, they all got an average of 4 views, if any, but the post about Justin Bieber has the most activity. It figures that the world would love its own, just like Jesus said it would.

I really don’t care about the views. What I do care about is that I feel like I’m the only one who is doing the right thing (even though I’m sure I’m not). I witness on here, I stay true to the Word of God, I try to lead people to the Savior so they can miss out on an eternity in a Lake of Fire, only to find out that the post that gets the most attention is about some numskull idiot telling girls to go F___ themselves. That’s where most people’s brains are, in the spiritual gutter.

That’s okay though. I’m going to hold the fort anyway and keep on pleasing the Lord. Take the world, but give me Jesus!

One last point. If you don’t believe in Jesus Christ now, while you’re still alive, you’ll wish to God you received Him when you die and you stand before Him, naked and ashamed, while He tells you to depart from Him into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). There will be no escape after you die and are lost, forever.

Believe on Jesus Christ and be saved. https://kjbisjesuschrist.blog/the-full-gospel-message