Friday, April 3, 2009

The Scientific Death of Jesus

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.

That was then the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals could die like Jesus. And with Jesus things were worse, because not all the criminals condemned to death could receive nails on their hands and feet.

Of course, nails... Big nails! Each was 15 a 20 cm long, with a point of 6 cm. Another point was sharp. The nails were carved into the pulses, and not into the palms, as we are used to hearing. In the pulse, there's a tendon which extends till the shoulder, and when the nails were being hammered, that tendon broke, obliging Jesus to reinforce all the muscles of his back, so that he could breathe as He was loosing all the air from his lungs.

In this way, He was forced to support Himself onto the nail carved in his feet, which was bigger than those carved into his pulses, for both feet were carved together. And, as his feet could not endure for a long time without tearing, Jesus was forced to alternate that "cycle" so that He could breathe.

Jesus endured that reality over 3 hours.

Yes, over 3 hours! Long time, isn't it? Few minutes before He died, Jesus was not bleeding anymore.

He was simply pouring water from his cuts and wounds.
When we imagine Him injured, we only picture Him with injuries, but it is not enough; His wounds were true holes, made in his body.

He had no more blood left to bleed; He only poured water
The Human body is composed of nearly 3.5 liters of blood (for adults).

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, on top of that, a Roman soldier nailed a spear into his chest.

All these without mentioning the humiliation He experienced after carrying his own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat on his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg in weight, only on its highest parts, were his hands nailed).

Jesus had to experience all this, so that you can have free access to God. So that your sins could be "washed".

May this season of lent makes us realize the sacrifices of Jesus for us, the sinners and commemorate through repentance and penance not only by making the occasion for outing and vacation but a deeper meaning for the death of Jesus.

No comments: