Summary: Sometimes we are tempted to think that life is so unfair. Where is God when we are suffering? We attempt to look at questions such as: Why does Jesus has to suffer and die? & What does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has to do with me?
Part 1 : Facts About the Crucifixion
Crucifixion probably started first with the Persians but perfected by the Romans to inflict the maximum pain to the victim. Crucifixion was also the most disgraceful form of execution and cruel that Roman citizen will not be executed by crucifixion. Initially, the victim was suspended above the ground and die a slow and painful death.
1) The Nails Piece the Nerves
The nails in the wrists and would be likely to pierce the main nerves. As the victim pushed up to breath, the wrists would rotate against the nail, causing intense pain in the arms and his feet, recurring pain every time the crucified person pulled up to breathe.
2) The Shoulders Dislocate
The victim carries the horizontal beam. , and the executioner lifts the victim up and hammers the horizontal beam into the vertical beam. once raised, pulls the shoulders out of their sockets and dislocate because of the weight of the body. The knees are bent at a 45-degree angle. This causes his thigh muscles to experience muscle cramps and pain because it is constantly supporting the body’s weight.
3) Flogging Ripped Off Skin and Flesh
The victims are flogged before crucifixion. The whip had iron balls and sharp bones tied to the end of each leather thong on the whip. The iron balls cause deep bruising on the victim and the sharp bones tear skin and muscle away when the whip is pulled back, resulting in great loss of blood.
Jesus was too weak to carry his own cross, so the soldiers forced Simon to carry the beam on behalf of Jesus. “As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.” (Lk 23:26)
The scourging weakened Jesus so much that he died after a relatively short period on the cross. “Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.” Mk 15:42-44
4) Stress Causing Heart Rupture
Due to the loss of blood loss, the body doesn’t have enough oxygen, the heart pumps harder, trying to overcompensate for the lack of oxygen. The heart then goes into cardiac stress, an may cause it to rupture.
5) Death by Suffocation
Hanging on the cross, the victim can only breathe by pulling up with his wrists and pushing himself up with his legs. . The victim pushes himself up to take a full breath but difficult to completely exhale, his breaths are shallow breaths. Eventually it leads to an agonizing and slow death by suffocation.
6) The Legs Are Broken to Hasten Death
When the executioner needed to end the crucifixion, he would break the victim’s legs by smashing the femur bones with a large, heavy mallet, resulting in death by suffocation.
“But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” (John 19:33-34)
For God so loves the world that He gives His only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but has eternal life. Jesus comes because we are sinners and we cannot get out of the slavery of sin. The only way of escape is for Jesus to come to die on the cross for you and me.
Part 2 : Why Jesus Must Suffer?
a ) We thought that no one knows our pain and suffering that we experienced in the deepest part of our soul. But Jesus has come to share in our suffering. It is a common human experience to suffer pain of all kinds in public and in private. The actions of certain people have intentionally or unintentionally inflicted pain, hurts, rejection or sorrow to us. For some children, the scars and wounds in their soul continue with them into their adulthood. There will quite a number of people here tonight who can identity with what I say.
• Have you felt that you have betrayed by your close friend? Jesus was betrayed by Judas, one of the twelve disciples.
• Have you been rejected by people? Maybe someone whom you long that the person will accept you, but you were totally disappointment. Jesus was rejected by his own people He came to save. Finally, on the cross he took the sin of the whole world and he was abandoned by His God. He became sin for you and me. He cried, “My God My God why have you forsake me”.
• Have you felt that you have failed ? Jesus has already paid the price for us.
• Have you been shamed and humiliated? Have you been mocked? Jesus was stripped and exposed . He was shamed publicly and humiliated. Have you been mocked or accused for something you did not do? Jesus was mocked by the unbelieving Jews challenged him. He saved others but he cannot save himself.