Although crucifixion was a common way of killing criminals when Jesus
was here on earth two thousand years ago, we can’t imagine how horrible it was. I’ve tried to comprehend it,
but it’s just not possible.
And Christ not only had the same physical pain that the other two had, who were on crosses beside His…Christ was the
human sacrifice for all the sins of the world, past, present and future. Because the Bible reminds that even Christians sin,
either unintentionally, or even by not doing good. James 4:17 says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth
it not, to him it is sin." To me, this means that to willfully ignore living right, is a sin in itself.
I’ve tried to imagine, but the terrible description
really came home to me as I read an article by Rev. Charles Stanley, who has the TV program, "In Touch." I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if I quote him:
"Crucifixion usually began with two soldiers flogging the criminal from the front and
back. They used a strap with three leather cords, each containing a piece of embedded bone that tore flesh to ribbons. No
wonder Jesus fell and struggled to carry His cross after such treatment.
The soldiers then hammered a long square nail into the hands or wrists; this would heighten
the already excruciating pain. Another nail was driven through the ankles into the wood. Raising the cross, executioners
would then drop it into a hole in the ground; the thud from it falling into place would further tear the flesh. In order
to breathe, the convicted man had to push up on his bloody ankles." End of quote.
I’ll add that to breathe, the dying person had to lift himself
up, which added even more pain, and it took so long to die, that the person’s legs would be broken if he wasn’t
dead by sunset. There’s more, but even this is too much.
And Jesus Christ did this to atone even for the sins of us, today. We owe Him more than we
can repay, but all He asks is that we live by His Word, the Bible.