At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
At the time crucifixion was the “worst” death.
Only the most dreadful criminals were condemned to be crucified.
The nails are thought to have been driven into His wrist, not into His palms as is commonly portrayed.
Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. Can you imagine?
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 wrist, that tendon would tear and break, later forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.
Both of His feet were 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.
Yes, over 3 hours!
Can you imagine this kind of suffering?
A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding.
He was simply pouring water from His wounds.
The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.
He had no more blood to bleed.
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 to the point of being un-recognizable.
The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.
Most men would not have survived this torture.
All this plus carrying His own cross for nearly a mile, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones.
The cross was almost 66 pounds, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed.
Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God.
So that your sins could be washed away.
All of them, with no exception!
Don’t ignore the reason we celebrate Easter.
It’s not about a silly bunny who delivers chicken eggs.
It’s not about new clothes and Easter baskets.
It’s about the fact that JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
And would’ve given His precious life even if you were the ONLY person on Earth. Because He loves you that much!
The truth is that Jesus is the only salvation for the world.
What held Jesus to the cross was not three nails… It was His love for you and me that held Him there to endure to the end.
May today we be still.
May we be in silent meditation, awe and wonder at the ultimate sacrifice; God’s only Son, the perfect lamb, given as atonement for our sins. Sins so filthy and so ugly draped across Jesus, that the Father Himself had to turn His face away from His Son.
Or was it because He couldn’t bear to see the agony of it all, lest He send angels to swoop down and save His Son from this slow and painful death?
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending:
The grave couldn’t hold Jesus for long. Hallelujah!
On Resurrection Sunday, may you celebrate our risen Lord!!!!!!
He died for you. He would’ve given His life if you were the only person on this Earth.
The reason is….YOU!
Amazing grace, amazing love…….please watch this, it will rock your world today.
Happy Easter to you and yours, I am taking the rest of the week off to enjoy Easter break with my family!
Here are some favorite Easter Recipes from years past:Green Bean Haystacks Sugar Bunny Pops Lemon Blueberry Trifle Resurrection Cookies
Coconut Cream Pie Bars
When I read it all wrtten out like this is really makes my stomach turn thinking about what he went thru for all of us! Hubby and I were just talking yesterday about how selfish we all are about life. Here Jesus came and stuffered so for us and we just keep on living and complaining about our little piddly hurts!
Thanks so much for putting it into perspective for me to read! It was really good! Our Pator did a really GREAT message yesterday about Palm Sunday and what really went on. How all of those people were just fans and not really followers of him and how we can live out lives that way. Sooo good. You can check it out @ http://www.bbcgreene.org if you wanted to. His messages are always soo good. 🙂
Hugs and Love,Kristina<3
Wonderfully put and have a great week. Happy Easter.
Amen, sister! Wonderful post, even with the horrific details of suffering Jesus endured for us. I pray His blessings for you and your sweet family. 🙂
What a beautiful, and heart-wrenching post T – thanks for sharing. It’s always good to have a reminder…and the visual of the video is almost too hard to bear. Praise God for an empty tomb! Know you will be missed much this week, but it’s great to know your family will be enjoying time with you as well. May you and yours enjoy a blessed Easter week! Love U all. XO
😀 He lives!
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Wonderful posting! Thank God He turned His face away when it had to have been horribly difficult to let His Son die for stupid people like me! Thank you, God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
Reblogged this on Curtain Queen and commented:
This post says it all. Today, this dark Friday, we celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus. It’s a cause for our celebration only because He arose on Sunday morning, proving the foretelling of the Old Testament prophets as our Messiah, our Savior, our King.
Hi, Tonya! This post was beautiful (and painful). I re-blogged it today so my readers could enjoy it also. Thanks and may God Bless You and Your Sweet Family!