Wednesday February 22, 2012
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Seeing what Christ did For you"

Just what does everlasting life in John 3:16 KJV have to do with Seeing what Christ did for you:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Giving His only Begotten was Christ dying on the Cross and this was required for forgiveness to be made available to you and to place everlasting life within your reach; Philippians 4:13 KJV tells what being without Him does to you:

Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me".

Jesus was thirty three years old when He was condemned to death and then crucifixion was considered to be the most painful way to die.

Only the worst of the condemned were crucified, yet something was added to make crucifixion more painful for Jesus. Unlike others being tied to the cross, six to eight inch long nails were driven through His hands and feet to pin Him.  

The  nails were driven into His wrist, not His palms as commonly portrayed. There is a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder and nails hammered through His palm tendons increased His suffering; nails driven through His tendons caused them to tear and break and this caused Jesus to have to support Himself with His back muscles to intake a breathe of air.

With both His feet nailed together, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross and the pain this brought about caused Jesus to only be able to support Himself for a brief moment...alternating arching His Back and using His legs to breathe.

Visualizing the sacrifice that Jesus made for you positions you to feel the struggle, pain and suffering that He endured for over three hours. You can only imagine the amount of courage that it took for Jesus to look upon and forgive those who scorned Him while He suffocated to death?

The adult flesh body contains about five liters (just over a gallon) of blood and a few moments before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding, leaving the small amount of water left in His Body to pour from His wounds.

It is true; Jesus shed every drop of His Blood for you!

Common images show you the wounds to His hands and feet as well as the spear wound to His side but how many are aware of all the pain that Jesus bore for you:

A hammer driving large nails through His Wrists.

His feet overlapped with a nail hammered through His Arches.

And then before being nailed and speared,





suffering whippings and beatings so severe that His flesh was torn from His face by those pulling on His beard.

A three inch crown of thorns cutting deeply into His scalp added to His pain, pain that no one today could endure.  

This all took place after Jesus carried His thirty kg (sixty-six pound cross) for two kilometers (one and a quarter miles) as the crowd stoned Him and spat in His face.

Jesus had to endure all this pain to make Himself available to you, available to cleanse the sins of all who seek His forgiveness for it is forgiveness that gives you free and total access to God. Yes, Jesus died for you!

Matthew 10:32-33 KJV shows what happens when you acknowledge the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and what happens when you do not:

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".

Does this closer look at Seeing what Christ did for you help you acknowledge and take advantage of His gift to you?




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