At the age of 33,
Jesus was condemned to death,
At that time, Crucification was the “worst” death, Only the worst Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucification, 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 wrist not 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 nails were being hammered into the wrist 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 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 breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours…….only for you
Yes over 3 hours only for you. Can you imagine this kind of suffering ? A few minutes before he died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images we see wounds to his hands and feet and even spear wound to his side but do we realize his wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a roman guard piercing his side with a spear. But before that 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. The crown of thorns cut deeply into his scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.
He had 3 nails hammered into his Limbs, a crown of thorns on his head and beyond that, a roman soldier who stabbed spear in his chest.
All these without mentioning the humiliation. He suffered after carrying his own cross for almost 2 kilometres, while the crowd spat on his face and threw stones at him.
Jesus had to endure this experience to open the gates of heaven, so that you can have free access to God. So that your sins could be washed away. All of them with no exception.
Jesus Christ died for you my Friend…………