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Seeing things through different eyes
21st April 2019
Paul M writing from his upper room
THE DEATH OF JESUS
Greater love has no man than this that he should lay down his life for his friends. John 13:15
For the next few moments set aside whatever you’re doing and take this opportunity to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us as He went to the cross.
At the age of 33, Jesus, The Son of God, was condemned to death.
At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death.
Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified.
Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals He had done no wrong, but was still 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 palms as is 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 the palms that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breath.
Both of His feet we’re 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 then using his legs just to continue to breathe.
Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.
Can you imagine this kind of suffering?
From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... But do we realize His wounds that were actually made to his body.
A hammer driving large nails through the palms of His hands the feet overlapped and an even larger nail hammered through the 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 so horrific that His face was torn, and his beard ripped from His face.
The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.
Most men would not have survived this torture.
He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.
The human adult body contains about 3.5 litres (just less than a gallon) of blood.
Jesus poured out 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 who stabbed a spear into His side.
All these things actually happened but before this though Jesus suffered humiliation, after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometres, while the crowd spat in His face and threw stones.
The cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed.
Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven,
So that you and I can have free access to God.
So that our sins could be "washed" away by the precious blood of Jesus.
All of them, with no exception!
This was just the physical torture. He also had all our sin, all our malicious, mean thoughts, words and acts, becoming sin, even though He had no sins of His own, and taking the consequences of it. He also was the victim of every crime ever committed, again taking all the consequences of pain, agony, grief, horror, so that we could be set free. Then the worst horror of all - separation from His Father..... JESUS CHRIST DIED AND ROSE AGAIN FOR YOU!
He died for you!
This is the truth.
Do not be afraid to tell others because you are worried of what they may think about you.
God has a plan for you and your life. Tell all your friends what He experienced to save you and them.
Now is the time to seriously think about this!
May God bless your Life!
Take a moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him.
If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus' instructions.
He said (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.”
Have a blessed time remembering the cross but also the empty tomb, as Jesus is risen!
Have a peaceful Easter!