At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. 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 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 wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There is a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, the 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. 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. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagen this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from His wounds.
Before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it thore 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 liters of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of His blood. He had three nails hammered into His body. A crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.
All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat into his face and threw stones.
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!
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
He died for you!
Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13.