Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Death of Jesus

 My granny sends me emails all the time. I love it. She's 81 years old, she's figuring out Facebook, and she still works diligently for the First Baptist Church in Vernon, Alabama. And its from her secretary email of FBC that I get many, many forwards. Cute ones with pictures and peaceful quotes, and ones like this that I couldn't just read and leave alone. The thing is though, I don't forward emails because I don't have everyone's email addresses. I can reach 700+ people through Facebook, so here goes. Please read the reason we celebrate Easter. Egg hunts and the bunny are fun and all, but we rejoice because the Jesus the Christ willingly took on all sin for us so we wouldn't have to. Because of Him we are saved. It's worth remembering what exactly it took for Him to go through in order for us to have the blessings that we have.

        At the age of 33,
        Jesus was condemned to the death.
        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's a tendon in the  wrist that
        Extends to  the  shoulder. The Roman guards knew
        That when the 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
        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.
        Over 3 hours! 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  the 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  the nails and the  spear 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  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
        The human adult body contains  about 3.5  liters
        (just less than a gallon) of  blood.
        Jesus poured all 3.5
        Liters of his blood; He had  three nails  hammered into His
        Members; a crown of thorns on His  head and, beyond
        That,  a Roman soldier who  stabbed a spear into His
        All these without
        Mentioning the humiliation He  suffered after carrying His own
        Cross for almost 2 kilometers,  while the  crowd spat in his
        Face and threw stones (the cross  was almost 30 kg of  weight,
        Only for its higher part, where  His hands  were
        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!
        Don't ignore this  situation.

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