What Jesus Endured on the Cross for Us - *Warning Graphic!
Before the torture even began, Jesus was in severe emotional distress; His anxiety was such that He was described as being in “agony” when He was in the garden of Gethsemane, when fell to His knees in prayer and started sweating great drops of blood (a condition known as Hematohidrosis) (Luke 22:44); Jesus was likely dehydrated and weakened from the loss of blood at the time the soldiers came to get Him.
After an illegal trial by the Jews, they spit on Jesus and beat Him (Matthew 26:67). Some believe that Jesus was severely beaten, His beard was torn from His face (Is 50:6), and He was so badly marred that He was unrecognizable, which is why so many did not know Him after He was resurrected*; more than likely He was bleeding, and had contusions & hematomas all over His body at the time He was turned over to to the Roman soldiers to be flogged. Jesus was whipped mercilessly, which likely caused fluid to accumulate around His lungs. Next a crown of sharp thorns was placed upon His brow, piercing His flesh; this crown was never removed and the pain He endured from it never abated.
In His weakened condition, and in horrible pain, Jesus was then forced to carry His cross to Golgatha; Jesus was so decimated that He dropped to the ground under the weight of it, unable to carry the it one step further; Another man was conscripted to carry the cross for Him. At Calvary Jesus was nailed to a cross and was eventually asphyxiated to death. It usually took several days to die by crucifixion, however Jesus died on the first day and it is likely that this was because God wanted to spare His Son further days of prolonged agony.
This is what the Son of God endured for us! At any point in time He could have said, “forget this! I’m out of here!” But instead, He suffered unimaginable agony so that we could be set free from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus died for us, but He rose again! Praise and glory to His name! This resurrection power is available to us today, to help us overcome every trial and temptation that we face. Are you calling on this resurrection power to help you today? If not what is stopping you? Call on His mighty power now!
*Luke 24:13-32 Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:37-39 In the Upper Room
John 21:12 Breakfast in Galilee
Isaiah 52:14, 50:6 Prophesied