Years ago in a facility in Florida; the Holy Spirit recalled the events leading up to the crucifixion of one; Jesus Christ of Nazareth. As the Holy Spirit anointed my oracles, I was as in a trance. I was overcome with guilt and shame as to the horrid details of not only what Jesus endured, but more so the medical implications and extent of his fatal injuries. The anatomy of mankind is not conditioned for such physical violence, and it’s only through divine intervention coupled with amazing adrenaline, and unyielding love could Jesus Christ have endured the heart-wrenching feat set before Him.
Father God thank you for life, and life more abundantly. Condition our hearts and minds as we recall the dreadful and amazing details of your Son, our Savior.
This is the account of Matthew in the four Gospels of the New Testament. Matthew records a firsthand account as the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ Jesus. Before any successful breach of humanity; there must be a conspiracy devised by evil conspirators:
Mat 26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
Note the translation of subtilty (the Greek dol’-os, means to trick, deceive, guile or deception). The council of these vile men was accentuated by their determined spirit to execute a righteous man which illuminated and called into question the extent of their hypocrisy and sin. The order of events were carefully planned and executed with great effectiveness and precision. The deceiver of men had his legion of demonic spirits and forces surrounding what would be the alleged victory over righteousness and the salvation of mankind. The second and most detrimental pre-planned deception would be that of whom He will call Friend:
Mat 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mat 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Mat 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
There aren’t many words to describe the antics of Judas Iscariot. However, here lays the epitome of the characteristics of the serpent which betrayed Eve in the Garden of Eden. The assembled hearts of the wicked were now to be called into formation, and the Savior was to be detained.
Mat 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mat 26:45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Mat 26:46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Mat 26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Mat 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
Mat 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
As the Son of Man was lead to the courts of rebuke and impeding physical violence, I cannot began to fathom how the heart of God quickened and faltered at the witnessing of His only begotten Son fulfilling the Prophetic Word, now unfolding before sinful men and the Angel Host called to refrain from action.
Mat 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
Mat 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.
The twenty seventh verse of Matthew gives us a brief account of the afflictions of Jesus, according to the actions of the soldiers of the Governor; Pontius Pilate. However, the book of Mark records the actions of the soldiers and the decision of the Governor as the following:
Mar 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
Mar 15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
Mar 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
There are as many “reports” of this dreadful account as there are speculations as to whether the
Disciples stole thebody of Jesus from the “borrowed tomb.” The focus permeating my consciousness and provoking me to share through the anointing of the Holy Spirit are graphic and very disturbing. Let’s call into account first and foremost; Jesus was not birth into this world as a soldier or Angelic entity. As a matter of fact; the Bible records: “Heb_2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;…”
When this same Jesus went to pray on several occasions throughout the four Gospels, there aren’t any suggestions that Jesus maintained or regained extraordinary strength to endure the nights and days of the afflictions He would undoubtedly endure. When our Lord was “scourged,” this is the Latin translation (so it is stated in the Greek translation) of “flagellum;” to whip, lash or public punishment, He endured this punishment as natural a man, as any. Though it is recorded that Jesus was a carpenter as His earthly father, there are not any such reference as to Jesus obtaining or possessing any supernatural powers. The miracles in which Jesus performed were through the power of His and our Heavenly Father. We can also recall when Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood in the book of Mark 5:30; Jesus knew that the virtue of her healing had left His body. Jesus was Divinity; dressed in humanity.
What makes this account significant is the extent of the punishment. According to Jewish law in the Book of Deuteronomy 25:1-3; (Deu 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.) Despite the various assumptions of various theologians concerning which punishment did Jesus incur; I’ve utilized the powers of deduction.
Mat 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Mat 26:66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
The intent of the elders and counsel were to conspire to have Jesus brought before the feast of the Governor, knowing that they would provoke the crowd to crucify Jesus; to shed innocent blood. They were also instrumental of ensuring their laws were implemented in this extreme form of punishment. When stripes were administered, they were done so by a whip with thirteen talons of razor sharp tips. Each strike was carried out with the force of a soldier; relentless in the execution of each blow. Each strike of the whip imposed unmerciful force which literally split the skin into slashes which bled profusely. The tradition was to strike the chest area thirteen times, which also bear in mind the chest cavity or thorax is less muscular, and undoubtedly, Jesus was slashed to the extent of his mid section or abdominal cavity. Anatomically speaking, the anterior of the body contains vital organs which are protected by the rib cage; that being the lungs and heart. Each blow possibly knocked the wind out the body of Jesus Christ.
His rib cage was undoubtedly broken, and his lungs punctured. Now as to the posterior of his anatomy where the most of the assaults were administered, his clavicle, shoulder blades and each muscle (which are extremely vascular) were perforated and bled profusely. Twenty six strikes of razor sharp talons should have killed His body, if not His soul. Medically speaking; Jesus should have gone into shock, or simply expired due to the extent of His injuries. Undoubtedly the assault and battery imposed by the elders and council in the first judgment hall were definitely injurious.
However, in contrast the Governor; washed his hands by a show of mockery in literally washing his hands before the people of destruction, yet he still continued to assault the body of Jesus through his soldiers. Not only were the soldiers physically intimidating, when they struck Jesus in Mark the fifteenth chapter and violently stabbed the reed of thorns upon His head, here lays the initial perforation of flesh and the fruition of the body actually going into shock. The book of Deuteronomy speaks on this wise:
Deu_21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
Deu_21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)
However, during this particular table of events; Roman law mandated: no one could carry out “capital punishment” but the Roman government, and the punishers were Roman soldiers. Since the priest had already devised a conspiracy to ensure the “permanent silence” of Jesus, their case must be solid and irreversible. The book of John also elaborates on a friendship developing between Herod and Pilate, which were sworn enemies. All the fuel needed to ensure a slow and painful death for Jesus Christ was instigated by the council and the people. However we must also realize the ultimate sacrifice for mankind could not be akin to compassion or innocence. Jesus Christ bore our sins on his body. He had to be ridiculed, accused, and unjustly crucified for the scriptures to be fulfilled. Every aspect and level of violence inflicted upon the person of Jesus Christ was expected and endured. When Simon, the Cyrenian dragged the beam of Jesus up the hill of Calvary or Golgotha, which was elevated high enough to be view from afar it was to ensure Jesus fulfilled the journey. It is beyond any comprehension how Jesus was able to climb the hill after sustaining such fatal injuries.
The nailing of any criminal to the cross was in itself the ultimate torture, however humane it was proposed to be by nailing the wrist to keep the body affixed to the stake or crossbeam is beyond belief. Jesus however was brutally nailed to the cross by the piercing of His hands and feet that the scriptures might be fulfilled. The last act of cruelty was the request by Jesus for water, and the culprit of defiance gave him vinegar, and as quoted in the book of Matthew; “mingled with gall,” that is to say a poison or anodyne.
In all that Jesus Christ endured, in all the implications of his pre-fatal injuries, in all which was imposed on His innocent and pure body, it was “The Tree” which saved mankind from a torment and destruction impossible to bear. There will come a Judgment Day which will impart to those individuals who looked upon the scriptures and the most infamous capital punishment ever recorded in history, as just that; history. I meditate on “The Tree” and my heart descends into an obscure abyss of guilt. I am only revived by the realization of what was done on our behalf; No Tree…No Crown.
Ti Maze © 2012