Rev. Jerry Drummonds
|Posted on September 21, 2020 at 2:20 PM|
For the next 120 seconds, put aside whatever you are doing and, consider what was done for you.
At the age of 33, Jesus was sentenced to death. At the time of The Crucifixion, it was the "worst" possible death known to man. Only the most serious of criminals were sentenced to be crucified. However, it was even more terrible for Jesus. Unlike other criminals sentenced to death by crucifixion, Jesus was nailed to the Cross by his hands and feet in an unusual manner.
Each nail: Was 6 to 8 inches long.
The nails were built into his wrist and palms, making sure he would remain on that cross for the longest possible time. There is a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. Roman guards knew that when the nails were inserted into the wrist, the tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use his back and ribs for support so he could breathe.
His two feet were overlapped together. That is how he was forced to put pressure on that single nail that tied his feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with his legs because of the pain this caused. He was forced to alternate arcing his back just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage it took to withstand something he did not have to endure if he had chosen not to.
The reality is: They crucified Him because He allowed it to happen.
Jesus endured that reality for more than 3 hours. Yes, more than 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?
A few minutes before he died, Jesus stopped bleeding all together. Water just flowed from his wounds.
From common images we see wounds on his hands and feet and even the spear wound at his side. But we find that wounds were actually made all over his body by a mallet driving the large nails through the wrist, the overlapping of his feet and a large nail hammered through the arches. Then, a Roman guard pierced his side with a spear.
But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped. Roman soldiers beat Him with a lead-tipped whip called a flagrum or sometimes a flagellum. On studying the Shroud of Turin, scientists have determined that the flagrum used to whip Jesus consisted of three separate thongs, each ending in a set of two sharp edged lead balls. The lashes were so devastating they tore flesh from his body and broke bone from the back of his rib cage. The beating he took was so severe on and about his face that he became unrecognizable. His beard was ripped from his face. The crown of thorns was embedded so deeply into his scalp it caused an enormous amount of blood loss.
Most men would not have survived this torture to make it to the added torture of the crucifixion itself.
Jesus had literally no more blood to bleed at the end. Only the water gushed out of his wounds. “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” John 19:34 NKJV
The adult human body contains about 4.5 liters (a little over a gallon) of blood. Jesus shed all 4.5 liters of his blood for you; had multiple nails inserted into his members; a crown of thorns pressed upon his head and, in addition, a Roman soldier buried a spear in his abdomen.
All of this, not to mention the humiliation he suffered after bearing the cross for almost one and a half miles while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones at him in unleashed evil anger. The cross itself was over 65 pounds in weight.
Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven so that you can have access to God. (Hebrews 10:19)
Why did he freely and voluntarily do this? So that your and my sins may be "washed" and carried away. All of them. Without exception! Only a sinless being qualified for such a mission. Jesus became that sinless, spotless Lamb to be sacrificed for you and me.
There is no greater fact than this: Jesus Christ died for you!
That’s right. He died for you! It was all about you. I completely understand you may not believe this story thinking it is too fantastic to believe it to be real ... but it is. No event so changed the world one life at a time as this one. You only need to consider the actions of men in history, the ongoing war between good and evil, to see that Jesus either brought out the best of men as they recognized and experienced this immeasurable love and sacrifice; or, unable to come to grips with it, gave Satan himself a foothold to his darkness and evil to emerge in their life. Never have we seen this play out so visually as we are seeing this war today in our world.
God has always had a special and specific plan for you. That is more true than any promise ever made to you!
Jesus said in Matthew 10:32 and 33, "Therefore, whoever recognizes me to others, I will also recognize him in front of my father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my father in heaven. "
Recognize Jesus as the only One who qualified and was able be sacrificed for your sin. Breathe a word of thanks today for that sacrifice. Nothing elaborate. You will find the words to already be there, waiting to be uttered.
The Bible says: “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’” Romans 10:8-11, 13 NKJV
“Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except for me.” John 14:6 NKJV
Believe it. This was written for you today.