Friday, April 3, 2015


This is the day we call Good Friday because on this day 
we celebrate that our Lord went to the cross
to die for us so that we could have eternal life.

We have  jewelry in the form of crosses,
 pictures of crosses on our walls, 
many reminders of the cross on which our Saviour died.

Christians today frequently talk about the cross. 

We understand the real meaning of the cross.  

But sometimes we forget the cruelty of the cross.
The price our Saviour paid on the cross.
Jesus paid for OUR sins on that cross.  

He didn't just die there, 
He suffered more than we can imagine.
Here is an article written by a physician about the crucifixion:


A medical doctor provides a physical description:

The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown 
backwards with his shoulders against the wood. 
The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. 
He drives a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. 
Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, 
being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, 
but to allow some flex and movement. 
The cross is then lifted into place. 
The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, 
and with both feet extended, toes down, 
a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. 
The victim is now crucified.

As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, 
excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain -- 
the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. 
As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, 
he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. 
Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing 
through the nerves between the bones of his feet.

As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, 
knotting them deep relentless, and throbbing pain. 
With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. 
Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. 
He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, 
and the cramps partially subsided. 
Spasmodically, he is able to push himself upward 
to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen.

Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-renting cramps,
intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his 
lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. 
Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest 
as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.

It is now almost over. 
The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level. 
The compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues. 
The tortured lungs are making frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. 
He can feel the chill of death creeping through his tissues.

Finally, he allows his body to die.

All this the Bible records with the simple words, "and they crucified Him" (Mark 15:24).

-- C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22 No. 3 March 1965

We must never forget the price Christ willingly paid for our sins.  
We must never forget the love of the Father who allowed Him to die
that we sinners could be cleansed by the blood of the 
innocent Lamb and be made ready to live with Him for eternity.

We should daily thank Him for the sacrifice He made for us.


  1. Ah, dear sis, our Lord Jesus Who gave us the greatest gift of all, how blessed we are in Him!!

    Praise Him for the salvtion He purchased for us at such a great cost, it was not just the excruciating physical suffering but the Spiritual.
    For God the Father turned His back on His Son - the Father could not look upon the sin (our sin) which his Son bore upon the cruel tree, thus Jesus cried, "my God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me."

    How He gave His all for us, may also give our all for Him.

    Thanks dear Mehrll for being true to Him in sharing this, every blessing of our Lord.
    Shaz in Oz.x.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing post, Mehrll.
    I am always moved with what my Savior endured on the cross, but this brought me to tears, especially when he spoke of Christ's heart, that was deep.
    It makes me think of our own hearts because that is what Christ wants, "give me thine heart."
    He loves us so deeply and yet or hearts can be so ugly and hard.
    May we fall on our faces before the throne of grace and worship the Lamb of God, who gave His all that we might be saved and have life everlasting.

    May you be blessed as you have blessed us with your love for Christ.

    Let us rejoice!

  3. What amazing love - it is so hard to imagine. I hope that you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

  4. Thank you for reminding us of the horror of crucifixion and as Shaz has so eloquently commented that the real horror was separation from His holy Father and the burden of our sin, past, present and future which was laid upon Him, the sacrificial lamb.Yet we can rejoice that Jesus went to the cross, no wonder our faith seems foolishness to some! The joy of his resurrection strengthens us and gives us hope. Praise God indeed! Have a wonderful Sunday xxx

  5. I am always humbled when I think of all my Savior went through in order to offer me, you, and the world salvation that is full and free. I am truly amazed at the love He has for each one of us and the grace and mercy He daily bestows upon us.... what wondrous, glorious love! I am so, so, so thankful for salvation through Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for sharing this touching post, sweet friend. May you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday.