Did you ever sit down and think just what the cost of the Cross was? Exactly what did Jesus go through for our sins?
I was thinking about this the other day and came across a description of what happens in a Roman crucifixion, as well as studying what scripture says that Christ went through. Here is what I found and wanted to share it with you this week: (Note: this may be a little graphic)
The Roman crucifixion was probably the worst possible death that someone could suffer. They usually began by completely stripping the condemned of their clothing and beating them mercilessly. After this, they would use a whip with thorns attached to it; as this took place the whip would attach to the chest, back, and stomach of the accused and then pulled off. This resulted in peeling off almost all of the skin.
If the accused had facial hair, as we see mentioned of Jesus in the scripture, it would be shaved along with the skin in many cases. They would then be beaten with heavy wooden poles, many times in the face. The truth is that it is a wonder that none of Christ’s bones were broken.
The accused would then carry their cross down the street to their final destination, they would be nailed to the cross through the wrists and the feet, and hang for hours. The weight of the body pulling down on the arms and suffocating them, pulling up what was already a beaten, bloody and open back on a less than smooth plank of wood. The person would struggle to breath and some could take days.
There was an experiment done recently where 10 men were hung by ropes to a cross in the same way Christ would have been and not a one lasted more than a couple minutes crying out to be let down; the pain was too great to continue, struggling to breathe, yet Christ hung there for at least 6 hours.
This is only part of the suffering, and in scripture we are told of all the suffering that Christ dealt with, some records reporting that He suffered more than many others would have. They were trying to prove a point, they were trying to make a statement.
Yet we act as if the cross cost nothing, and truth is it did cost us nothing, but it cost Christ everything. Live today for him. After all, He DIED for you!
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)