Ressurection Day

 

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Many will be celebrating "Easter" soon. Chocolate bunnies and painted eggs along with baskets of candy will cause delight in many children as they celebrate.  I do not celebrate Easter, but I do celebrate "Ressurection Day."  The tradition of Easter has long since taken away the reality of the true meaning of that day.  Not to get off topic, but as a side note you may want to research at a later time, Easter is actually named after a pagan holiday. I want to discuss is the seriousness of the crucificiton.  Do you really know what it meant to be crucified? The agony and suffering that is caused by this type of punishment can be understood when seeing or hearing a physician giving the medical aspects of what happens to the body during a crucifiction.  Please read the below description, and remember this all happened to Jesus after he had been tortured relentlessly and had to drag a heavy cross on His already wounded body.

Below is an excerpt taken from cbn.com called “A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”. Please read it and think on it. Have a blessed ressurection day, knowing that Christ did what he did for your eternity.

The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms to tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. 

The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating 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 His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short 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 the life-giving oxygen.

Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.  One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” 

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 tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.”  One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.

The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.”  His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die. 

7 thoughts on “Ressurection Day

  1. Wow! All of that description of what Jesus went through for ME, brought tears to my eyes. He went through so much pain for us. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this, but I heard that what they offered Jesus to drink would have numbed his body and he would no longer have felt the pain, but he chose not to drink it. He endured all that pain for us!

  2. Oh btw…we do not celebrate “Easter” either. My husband HAS done a study and yes, it is pagan. My son, growing up, has never painted easter eggs, hunted them or had an easter basket. He just knows that “easter” is all about the Resurrection of Jesus! AMEN!

  3. admin says:

    It was amazing to read. How could God do something like that for us? Especially when I am not near what I should be for him. It’s quite humbling.

  4. admin says:

    We celebrate “Ressurection Day.” If someone says happy easter our reply is HAPPY RESSURECTION DAY! hehe. Not everyone knows the background. A lot of people do not want to know.

  5. When you asked, “How could God do something like that for us especially when we are not near what we should be for him…” it reminded me of the movie, Fire Proof. Have you seen it, Amy? I’ll wait for your reply before I share what I thought was the most powerful part of the movie….if you have seen it. I don’t want to spoil it for you if you have NOT seen it. heehee.

  6. admin says:

    I have seen an really liked fireproof! It was great! Vishi liked it a lot too. I hear the same group might be doing another movie soon. Can’t wait for that.

  7. I had heard a lot about the movie from others and they were always saying that married couples needed to see it and now I see why. It was just recently that it was shown on TV so I watched it. Anyway, since you have seen it, I’ll share what I thought was the most powerful part which was brought to my mind by what you said above.

    The scene where Caleb and his dad are walking and come to the place where the cross is and he begins telling his dad what bothers him about his wife. And in the midst of his frustration, he comes out and asks, “How am I suppose to show love to somebody over and over and over again who constantly rejects me?” Then he looks up and his father replies, “That’s a good question.” His father is leaning against the cross and there is silence……………

    WOW! How powerful! I felt the Holy Ghost!

    Jesus went through SO MUCH FOR US when we were so unworthy of it. And like you said…..It IS quite humbling.

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