In my 62+ years on earth, countless people have assisted me in wonderful ways - financially, materially, emotionally, etc. But none has done as much as Jesus did 20 centuries ago.
At age 33, Jesus was condemned to die by crucifixion. At the time, crucifixion was the worst form of execution, reserved for the most contemptible of criminals. In most cases, the condemned were crucified naked, adding to their shame. Although some were secured to a cross by ropes, Jesus was nailed to the cross by 6 - 8 inch spikes.
These dreadful spikes were first driven into each of His hands, close to the wrists. There is a strong tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. As the nails were being hammered in, the wrist tendon often ruptured, forcing the condemned to rely on back muscles in order to elevate his chest so that he could breathe.
Then, Jesus feet were positioned and nailed together. The pain and cramping of leg muscles must have been excruciating. When the cross was raised and abruptly dropped into a hole, the 3 spikes ripped surrounding tissue, typically eliciting a scream that could be heard for over a mile.
Jesus, recovering from the shock of the jolt, was forced to support most of his weight on the spike that impaled His feet. The intense pain and cramping in His feet and legs prevented Him from supporting himself very long. In order to breathe, He was forced to alternate between arching His back and pushing up with his legs. All this while the mob below the cross taunted, teased and spit at the convulsing, suffering Son of God.
Depictions of the crucifixion typically accentuate the wounds to Jesus hands and feet, and perhaps the spear wound in His side. But many additional wounds covered Jesus’ body. Before being crucified, He was beaten and scourged. His face was lacerated, bloody and bruised. The scourging left His back and sides shredded. A crown of thorns turned His scalp and face crimson.
The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters of blood - just under a gallon. Jesus gave every drop for you, so that your sins could be "washed" away. Have you given your life to Him?
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.” (1 COR 2:1-2)
Jesus, always Jesus! Dennis