Jesus Hung On The Cross Essay

1034 Words Aug 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
As Jesus hung on the cross, He began to suffer in ways that dwarfed the horrors that He had already endured. His body formed a “Y” shape, as those performing the crucifixion would attach the hands outstretched and above the victims head with some room for movement and the feet with the knees slightly bent (Davis n.d.). In order for Jesus to breathe properly, He would have to bring His body from a “Y” shape into that of a “T”, requiring Him to pull up by His nailed wrists and push up by His nailed feet (Thompson and Harrub n.d.). He experienced explosive pain in His wrists and feet while doing this, all the while causing further damage to the wounds on His back as His body moves up and down against the roughly-cut wood of the cross. Soon, His muscles began to fatigue, cramp, and spasm, causing even more pain and leaving Him unable to pull Himself up for air (Davis n.d.). Left in the slumped “Y” position, Christ’s breathing became labored, causing His chest and respiratory muscles to soon become paralyzed (Thompson and Harrub n.d.). It was during this process and at the cost of great effort that the Lord uttered eight brief statements: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34 “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” – Luke 23:43 “Woman, behold your son!” – John 19:26 “Behold your mother!” – John 19:27 “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 “I thirst!” – John 19:28 “It is…

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