Crucifixion And The Way We Live Our Lives

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Today in class, I realized that I had for years taken the Crucifixion more or less for granted. That I had grown indifferent or perhaps that I never really thought of it as a very gruesome way to die. Today was the first time that the actual medical presentation of how Christ died on the cross and all the pain and punishment that he endured hit me somewhere deep in my heart. What a terrible and inhumane ordeal Jesus was willing to go thru, to save us sinners.Today as I watched this documentary on the final hours of Jesus life it finally occurred to me that, of all my years going to church and hearing about God's crucifixion and resurrection I didn't even know the actual immediate cause of ...view middle of the document...

Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus' words to Thomas, "Observe my hands." Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand. --Dr. C. Truman Davis, the Review of the NEWS, April 14, 1976.Roman CrucifixionInnovations, modifications, and variations of the cross and crucifixion, how can somebody make this process more painful and violent and why?Roman crucifixion was a form of capital punishment reserved for individuals considered to be the very worst criminals. Jesus of Nazareth was executed in this way. That this punishment was reserved for the most odious was also supported by Hebrew culture, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree'" (Galatians 3:13). Ultimately, the mechanism of death in crucifixion was suffocation. To breathe, the victim was forced to push up on his feet to allow for inflation of the lungs. As the body weakened and pain in the feet and legs became unbearable, the victim was forced to trade breathing for pain and exhaustion.Here is another fact that I encountered while reading more on the subject of Jesus...

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