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The Scientific Death of Jesus   62


 

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus,

Well, it is a rainy day here at the Bar-K-Ranch and I have some bad news. Connie girlís mare, Freckles, lost her baby April 21st. It got stuck in the sack after being dropped and we donít know if it was born dead or the sack didnít break like it should have. It was black with white spots. Yes, after waiting for 11 months it sure is so disappointing. That is two babies that havenít made it this year. We think the Coyotes got the other one. Yes, life isnít always on cloud 9 here but God is so good and I praise Him in all things because only He is worthyÖ Yes, God knows what is best for us whether we understand it at the time or notÖ

Well folks, I may not have understood why our baby horse died but today Iíd like to explain why, my Lord and Saviour died and this I wish to share with you the why of it as you and I look at this picture thru our minds eye and picture the gruesomeness of His sacrificial death...

John 9: 15, 19
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

 Jesus was only 33 years old when condemned to the death penalty. He must have been physically strong as he had helped Joseph, the husband of His mother Mary to do carpenter work. But to withstand what He did, Jesus had to be not only spiritually strong but physically as well.

At the time of Jesus, crucifixion was the "worst" death which could be executed upon a person; And would still be today if it were in practice. But only the worst of criminals condemned were 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 of the 3 nails were 6 to 8 inches long. These 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 breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. And this He suffered through, just for you and for me. Oh what great love was shown on that day.

And think on this; 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... And so many crucifixes portray Jesus with only a few drops of blood showing. Even His beard was intact in the pictures of Him. But in reality it was ripped by chunks from His precious face.

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large 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.

And what about this crown of thorns jammed over His head? Well these were 3 to 6 inches long and were poisonous and even a little prick would have caused excruciating pain. Now add a whole crown of those thorns and picture the pain He suffered just from this alone not mentioning everything else.

And about the wounds of Our Lord? Well He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 9 pints of blood if I remember correctly. But Jesus poured all, yes every drop 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 around 2 miles, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones at Him. And that cross was Oh so heavy. But Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you and I could have free access to God and that your sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception!

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU TO SEAL HIS SACRIFICED LIFE ON EARTH! BUT THEN HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD TO SEAL YOUR LIFE IN HEAVEN!

And here is something very, very interesting that most donít know. Ya, This is you bonus for todayÖ (smile)

Why Did Jesus Fold The Linen Cloth After His Resurrection???

John 20: 3, 8
3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

The Gospel of John (20: 7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.  The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.  Is that important?  You'd better believe it! Now what Iím about to say is for illustration purposes only. Iíve studied and found this next part canít be proved by Bible scholars but does make a wonderful and beautiful illustration. And the story goes like this:

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.  The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.  When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.  The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.  The servant would then know to clear the table.  For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm done". But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the servant knew that the folded napkin meant, "I'm not finished yet." The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

Yes a beautiful illustration to tell us that Jesus is coming back! The truth is; He did arise from the grave and is Alive at this very moment. Yes, all of this just so you and I could be with Him one day in Heaven. My Question is; ARE YOU READY? For; Jesus is coming again to gather His saints and I pray that you are ready to meet Jesus in the air when He comes.

Well folks, The time seems to slip away so fast so let me say; Thank you for coming today and I'll look forward to seeing you again next time as we come together to praise God and Worship Him. Well Glory!

And so; Until we meet again;
May the angels watch over you and may you bask in the love of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus

Have a great week & May God Bless

       

                Bro. Jim Keeling

 


 

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