The Holland House....
At the age of 33,
Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
At the time
crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst
criminals 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.
was 6 to 8 inches long
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
brake, 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
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 passed 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
to endure this experience, 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.
CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
For you, who now
read this Do not believe that He only died for
others (those who go to church or for pastors, bishops,
He died for you! It
is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but
when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward
to others because you are worried of what they may think
the reality, the truth that JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR
has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced
to save you. Now think about this! May God bless your
to appreciate the power of God in your life, for
doing what pleases Him.
He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): "Everyone therefore
who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge
before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me
before others, I also will deny before My
Father in heaven".
Yes, we love God.
He is our source of life and my Savior.
He keeps me alive day and night.
Without Him, I am
nothing, but with Him "I can do all things through Him
who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13.
This is the simple
in salvation through Christ Jesus,