What is crucifixion?
A medical doctor provides a physical description: The cross is placed
on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards 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 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 flex and movement.
The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is press backward
against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a
nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed.
The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight
on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery 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 the full weight
on the nail through his feet.
Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves
between the bones of his feet. As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through
his muscles, knotting them deep relentless, and throbbing pain.
With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe.
Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise
himself in order to get even one small breath. Finally, carbon dioxide
builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially
Spasmodically, he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring
in life-giving oxygen. Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting,
joint wrenching cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing
pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and
down against 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
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 tissues-the tortured lungs are making frantic effort
to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping
through his tissues
..Finally, he can allow his body to die...
All this the Bible records with the simple words,
"and they crucified Him"(Mark 15:24).
What wondrous love is this? Many people don't know that pain and suffering
our Lord, Jesus
Christ went through for us... because of the brutality, crucifixion
was given a sentence to only its worst offenders of the law.
Thieves, murderers, and rapists would be the types of creeps who got
crucified. Yet, here Jesus
is being crucified between two hardened criminals...
What did Jesus
do? Did he murder anyone? Did he steal anything?
The answer as we all know is NO!!
did nothing to deserve this type of death, yet he went willing to
die, in between 2 thieves, so that we might be saved. And there, in
between the sinners, was our slain savior for our sins.