Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Spiritual

Jesus Christ
  For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this..
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
At the time, crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.


The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed.. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. 

Both of His feet were nailed together.  Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross.  Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath.  Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.  

Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.
Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?  A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding.  
He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side.  But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body.  A hammer driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped and an even larger nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear..  But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten.  The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body.  The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face.  The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.  Most men would not have survived this torture.  

He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.
The human adult body contains about 3..5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.

Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into his members; a crown of  thorns on his head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into his chest.

All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying his own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where his hands were nailed).

Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God.
So that your sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception! Don't ignore this situation. JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU! For you, who now reads this e-mail. Do not believe that He only died for others (those who go to church or for pastors, bishops, etc).

He died for you! It is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward it to others because you are worried what they may think about you. I share them on my blog.
  Accept the reality, the truth that JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR THE WORLD.

God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you. Now think about this! May God bless your life!

60 seconds with God...
For the next 60 seconds, set aside what you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this.

Simply pray:
Lord, you know the life of my friends:

Lord, you know the life of my friends.  I ask You to bless them in all things and make them prosperous. Take care of their family, their health, their work and all their future plans. 

(Just so you know, 
I spent over an hour yesterday 
trying to load the pictures 
on this post and this morning, t
hey weren't there. 
And today  about an hour so far.)
Pray for the families across the U.S. who have been hurt by the tornadoes.
Have a great day!

Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from evil.  In Jesus' name He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whosoever denies me before others,  I also will deny before my Father in heaven".


Christie Cottage said...

Payers to all who are hurting today.


AMKreations said...

I don't think we fully comprehend what price was paid on the cross. We think of the cross so lightly...but Jesus suffered so much. Thank you for this reminder.

Praying for those who are suffering today. God bless you!

sweetybird09 said...

Wow, that was moving, I would not watch the passion of the Christ movie directed by Mel Gibson for many, many years due to seeing that horrible way in which our Lord was treated on the day of His crucifixion, I did finally watch it about a year ago and I so cried!

Thank you for this Jacki!

JulieandMax said...

Very moving post, and such a timely reminder of what Jesus went through.

Praying for those who are suffering.

MagdaleneJewels said...

thank you Jacki for such a beautiful journey through the Stations of the Cross. Although Christ suffered and died for us, let us keep in our prayers all of those who are still suffering today.

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