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Sufferings on the Cross

by | Nov 21, 2015 | Suffering

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!!  Jesus did nothing to deserve this type of death, yet he went willing  to die, in between two thieves, so that we might be saved. And there, in between the sinners, was our slain savior for our sins.

See how the crucifixion effects on the body according to a medical practitioner.   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 pressed backwards 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, 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 subside.   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 the heart.  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 a painful experience our Lord Jesus gone through the cross for our Salvation? Oh! Marvellous love it is!!

Calling the day of the Crucifixion ‘Good’ Friday is a designation that is peculiar to the English language.  In German, for example, it is called Karfreitag. The Kar part is an obsolete word, the ancestor of the English word care in the sense of cares and woes, and it meant mourning. So in German, it is Mourning Friday. And that is what the disciples did on that day—they mourned. They thought all was lost.

In Malayalam, an Indian language also it is called “Dukha Velliyazhcha” means “Mourning Friday”. Some people say it as “Valiya Velliyazhcha”, which means “Great Friday”.

The word “good” is thought to have an ancient secondary meaning…holy. It’s also possible that Good Friday is a contraction of God’s Friday, just as good-bye is a contraction of God be with ye. 

  SEVEN VERSES ON THE CROSS

1. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).

2. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).   3. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the the deciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that deciple unto his own home (John 19:26-27).   4. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).   5. After this, Jesus knowing that all things where now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:28).   6. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30).   7. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I comment my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost (Luke 23:46).

Paul Ciniraj

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