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Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion of Jesus

Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion of Jesus

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Published by Irene McGough
What did Jesus endure when he died on the cross for us. You may have seen the passion but read this.
What did Jesus endure when he died on the cross for us. You may have seen the passion but read this.

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Medical aspects of the Crucifixion of JesusBy Irene McGough
(As a trained nurse by profession I thought this would be aninteresting study, but it also gave me a much deeper understandingof just what my Lord and Saviour endured for one such as me.)
 
THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS- WHAT DID OUR LORDENDURE?IN THE GARDEN
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Firstly let’s look at Gethsename. There is a rare condition known ashematidrosis, or bloody sweat.Luk 22:44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and hissweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.Under severe emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands canbreak mixing blood with sweat. This on it’s own could have producedmarked weakness and possible shock. Jesus sweat drops of blood forus.THE SCOURGING.During a scourging the prisoner was stripped of His clothing and Hishands tied to a post above His head. The Roman legionnaire steppedforward with the whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongswith two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. Thisheavy whip would be brought down with full force again and againacross Jesus' shoulders, back, and legs. At first the weighted thongscut through the skin only, tearing the skin apart. Then, as the blowscontinued, they would cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues,firstly producing an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin and finally then arterial bleeding from vessels in theunderlying muscles. When the skin of the back was hanging in longribbons, and the entire area was an unrecognizable mass of torn,bleeding tissue he scourging was finally stopped.EXCRUCIATE: to cause great agony, tormentLatin : ex : out of, from cruciate : crossThe English word excrutiate is derived "from the cross"Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruisedfor our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; andwith his stripes we are healed.He was scourged for our healing.
 
NAIL PIERCED HANDS AND FEETAs Jesus slowly sagged down with more weight on the nails in thewrists, excruciating, fiery pain shot along the fingers and up the armsto explode in the brain.Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen theLord. But he said to them, Unless I shall see the print of the nails inHis hands, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrustmy hand into His side, I will not believe.It was common for the wrists to be pierced, the word hand as we seeabove included the wrist. Have you ever thought of the nerve damagewhich would occur here?Quote:Quote:In the New Testament the word is helos, used of the nails in Christ'shands Joh_20:25, and “to nail” in Col_2:14 (“nailing it to the cross”)is προσηλω, prose
         ̄
lóo
         ̄
.Hand(די, ya
         ̄
dh, “hand”; ףכ, kaph, “the hollow hand,” “palm”; ןימי, ya
         ̄
mi
         ̄
n,“the right hand”; לאמש, semo
         ̄
'l, “the left hand”; χειρ, cheír, “hand”;δεξά, dexiá, “the right hand”; α
      ̓
ρστερά, aristerá, “the left hand”(only Luk_23:33; 2Co_6:7), or euphemistically (for evil omens comefrom the left hand; compare Latin sinister, German linkisch, etc.);ευ
      ̓
νυμος, euo
         ̄        ̇
numos, literally, “having a good name”): The Hebrewwords are used in a large variety of idiomatic expressions, part of which have passed into the Greek (through the Sepuagint) and intomodern European languages (through the translations of the Bible;see Oxford Hebrew Lexicon, under the word “ya
         ̄
dh”). We group whathas to be said about the word under the following heads:1. The Human Hand: Various UsesThe human hand (considered physically) and, anthropopathically, thehand of God (Gen_3:22; Psa_145:16): The hand included the wrist, aswill be seen from all passages in which bracelets are mentioned asornaments of the hand, e.g. Gen_24:22, Gen_24:30, Gen_24:47;Eze_16:11; Eze_23:42, or where the Bible speaks of fetters on thehands (Jdg_15:14, etc.(International Standard Bible Encyclopedia )

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