Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't Forget

I was thinking the other day, can we even imagine what Jesus went through when he was crucified? Can we comprehend the pain? The suffering? The courage it took to go through with it? 

Death by crucifixion was, perhaps, the most horrible, painful death ever conceived by man. Spikes were nailed between the bones in the wrist, not in the hands as we would normally suspect, because if they were nailed through their hands, the weight of the hanging body would cause the spikes to tear the flesh, thus freeing the victim. Spikes were also nailed through their feet, or their heels. Death did not occur through loss of blood, but by suffocation. In order to breath, the victim had to push up on the nails in the feet, releasing the pressure on his diaphragm. This caused terrible pain in their feet. Fatigue would eventually cause the victim to slump back down. The nails in the wrists tear into a concentrated section of nerves, causing severe pain, once more. As the victim sags back down, he can't breathe, until finally again, he pushes up on his feet. Eventually fatigue will take its toll again, the victim will sag back down once more, suffocate, because of the pressure put on his diaphram, and die. If a victim survived several days, the Roman soldiers would sometimes break their legs to hasten death.

Can you picture your Savior suffering? Crying out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Jesus may have been the Son of God, but he was a man, too. He felt the pain. The agony. It scared him. He begged God in the garden: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” But Jesus knew what he had to do and he did it. I am eternally grateful. 

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"As they nail me to this tree
Just know the Father waits for me."
"God how can this be your will?
To have your son and my son killed?"
--New Again by Brad Paisley & Sara Evans
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Let's not forget what Jesus did for us that day.

8 Greetings from Elven Friends

Nela said...

*nods* I agree.

Jenna said...

I am so thankful for our Savior, and for what He did to save us! It truly makes me so much more thankful for the beautiful life I have, and for each blessing God gives! Thank you for the truthful reminder, Eldarwen!

Your Sister In Christ,
Jenna

Anonymous said...

Eldarwen a really good post. Your discretion makes me all most want to cry. Thanks for making me think today!:)

Claire

Lily Litten said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Eldarwen. It can be so easy to brush past the ugly stuff and just focus on what Jesus has done for US. We should always be thankful for what He went through for our sakes.

~lily

Buttercup said...

Amen, Eldarwen. In our self-centered lives, we must constantly be reminded that it is not us, but HIM.

Iona N. said...

So true...Jesus had to go through all that, for us...

~Iona

Zoe said...

I am so glad that jesus died on the cross for me.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Eldarwen for the reminder... it seems to be forever needed, how quickly we choose to forget, or let go of, the horrible reality of sin and its price. Thank you, dear God, for that sacrifice...