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Year after year the invasion of the ants continues. Year after year I buy poisons, cinnamon or other various products to deter these little pesky insects from coming into my home. The poison is less in my store bought poison to kill the little critters, yet the poison in my food gets more and more. How does this even make sense?
We have PETA to save the animals and various other organizations yet we are not even trying to save unborn babies. We have ‘religious’ groups that are against abortion, but we are the fanatics, right? We have commercials that raise funds to save the animals from cruel owners. When have you ever seen a commercial to fight against abortion?
We give food stamps galore out to Americans, yet we have children that are hungry in this country. We are spoiled here in America and don’t have the slightest clue.
Now back to my pesky ant problem. As I get older the ants seem to bother me more. Is it because they actually bother me more or just because I have to fight harder because the poison isn’t working like it did when I was younger?
You kill one ant in the evening and feel success that you have stop many others from entering your home, only to wake up in the morning to find a whole trail coming into your house. The one little ant that you killed left a scent trail that others could follow. They don’t do this after finding food they do this all the time.
Now this scent trail is kind of like sin our lives. When we think we have stamped out one little sin, we start thinking how good we are. I am so proud of myself for not letting that sin get to me. It left a little scent trail and is now growing into more prominent sins, except we don’t even realize it. First, is usually the sin of pride. We are proud of ourselves for not falling into whatever sin it may be.
Ah, but, we didn’t actually keep that sin at bay! The Holy Spirit led us to keep that sin at bay. Now that we didn’t even recognize that pride leads to other sins. There are no thanks given to God for helping us through. It was all me. ME. ME. ME. Aren’t you proud of me God for not letting that little sin into my life? We are taking the credit for something God gave us the Holy Spirit to help with in our lives. Is that sin? Is it sin to steal the credit that someone did for us? Of course it is!
My my my, now not only are we not giving thanks but we are taking the credit for ourselves and telling God He should be proud of us for doing so. It was just a small trail of just one sin and how it has grown. Not to mention all the sin we commit that we are not yet aware of.
When a woman gets pregnant, her first comment is ‘we’re pregnant’ or ‘we’re having a baby’. We never give that credit to God. We never say ‘God opened my womb’ or ‘God gave me a baby’. Genesis 4:1 says “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”
King James Version (KJV)
We are taking credit for something that God has done for us. Do we thank the Lord when we get a raise in our pay? Do we thank the Lord when we either get a promotion or get passed over for a promotion?
No, most people think I got the promotion because I work harder or longer hours than others that I deserved that promotion. We get passed over for the promotion and we go on and on about how someone else got it that didn’t really deserve it. Maybe the Lord didn’t give it to you because He knew it would lead to sin in your life or maybe you need a little more humbling. My human brain doesn’t work as the Lord’s thoughts so I can’t always say why the Lord chooses what He does in our lives. I just know that the Lord makes rich those He wants to make rich and those He doesn’t is His choice.
Don’t allow this little trail of sin to enter into your life. Choose to honor God for your troubles and your woes, for your joys and comforts. If the average American makes $1500 to $2000 dollars a month we are considered rich to most of the world.
Not to mention clean water that we can get from our very own sinks inside of our home. See we don’t get that people in other countries walk miles a day just for water to cook with or to give their children. It’s not even clean water. They carry these buckets of water home. You don’t think that God has blessed this country! We blessed beyond measure.
No, we are entitled to clean water, good pay and food that is ready when we want it. We are Americans that deserve all this. We can’t help it if we are smarter. Or we just can’t make it on the measly little income of $1500 dollars a month. How can I buy all that I need on such little income? I can’t buy a new car, or all the little stuff that I want. What we call needs are just really wants.
You don’t need a new car. You want a new car. What if you lived in country that you didn’t have a car at all? Would you walk to work? Would you walk to the grocery store? Would you walk to get water just so you could cook dinner? Next time you turn on your facet would you think about others that don’t have that privilege?
When we lose a family member or child or spouse, most people think how could God take them? Why is God letting this happen to me? We don’t praise Him for letting us have them for the time that He did. We don’t praise Him for the joy that we had with person. Always questioning why this is happening to me. As if we are entitled to something the rest of the world is not.
Watch the commercials on T.V., I mean really watch them. We are a gluttonous nation. We want bigger, better, badder stuff. We want food three or four times a day. Most people say they can’t fast. We choose not to because we are so wrapped up in ourselves that to deny ourselves food that is just simply unheard of. We make the fast food industry rich because we can’t go without a meal. Three, four or more times a day, we eat. We stuff ourselves beyond measure.
We say children go hungry in this country. I have never seen pictures of an American child that is so hungry from lack of food that their little bellies are bloated. I have never seen an American mom take her children miles just so they could drink dirty water.
We are gluttons, prideful, ungrateful Americans that has kicked God out of our schools and many courthouses. We don’t even bother to Praise and thank Him for all the blessings that He bestows on us. Why, because this is America and we deserve it.
We see signs everywhere that say ‘God bless America’, when is the last time you saw a sign that said ‘Thank you God for the blessings you have bestowed upon us since we became a nation’? All of this because like the ant we have for many generations now allowed sin to leave that scent trail in our lives, that we no longer recognize it for sin. I believe that for many of us that our conscience is seared for the some of the sins we commit. We don’t even know that it sin any more.
Next time you think how you are proud American, think of God and the sin of pride. Next time you think you deserve to eat until you over stuffed think of God and the sin of gluttony. Next time you tell a ‘little white lie’ Proverbs 12:22 says Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. There is no such thing as a little lie white black or any other color. A lie is a lie and the bible is very clear what is to God. The next time your car is little too old and you want to trade it in think of the sin of coveting. Why do you need the latest and the greatest all the time? Think of the First Commandment ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’
We make all kinds of excuses of why we are not sinning when we do these things. How much money do we spend in a day or week on items that we don’t even need? Our Lord didn’t even have a place to lay His head, yet we can’t even find the time to witness to others! What will you hear the Lord say to you on that day of judgment? Will He say well done good and faithful servant or will you hear the words away from Me you worker of iniquity? What if you were to sent that car payment to another country and support some starving family? I don’t mean through some of these television ministries that you don’t even know where the money goes. What about through your local church? What about supporting missionaries through your local church? What about that car payment or the over priced house payment going to a local pregnancy help center that helps mom keep their babies after bad decisions? What if you eat $2.00 less in food everyday save that for a month and buy someone else’s food that has someone in the hospital that can’t afford to eat. Who are we clothing? Who are we feeding? Who are we visiting? Who are we telling with our life styles that God is not so important to us?
Think about all these things next time you see one little ant. Think of all the scent trails in your life that you think you deserve. We truly do not deserve to wake up. This too is a gift from our Heavenly Father that we forget about all through the day. We ask Him to bless our food. Are you really THINKING of the Lord when you pray over your food or is it just a habit?
These are all things to ponder in each of our lives. How true do we take the word of God?
I hope reading this blesses you as much as it did me for the Lord to use me to write it.
Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8-9; Mark 7:1-13; Ezekiel 33:31
People honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me.
What do we do when the Holy Spirit gives us a phrase like that? Well my first question is always who Lord? For what reason are you giving this to me. I live everyday thinking about the Lord, about His word, about others that may not know Him.
For me this is not just a one minute prayer in the morning or evening. This is my everyday consuming thought. When the Lord actually puts something on my heart that is at first it just kind of sits there. It’s not strong just sitting there like a comment a friend may say in passing. I mull this over in my mind. What is the Lord saying and who is it for.
A few days pass, I continue thinking about this phrase, I know I have read it in the bible but where? I am not any good at remembering place or location of bible verses.
The phrase then grows in intensity, like a heavy log just sitting there! I continue in prayer about this phrase. Whom is this phrase for? Nope, it’s just going sit there. No answer from Him. Now this phrase is so strong, I have to know in what context it is in the bible. I look it up.
Isaiah 29:13 is the first to show on the screen. I do not split my bible in half. I keep the Old Covenant right there with my New Covenant. Who is offering lip service and not heart service to the Lord? Matthew 15:8-9 is the next verse shown in line, which is Jesus quoting Isaiah. Ok, I remember reading this. To whom is He talking and what is the context of the scripture.
He is talking to the Pharisees and Scribes. Well now that could be several people that I know. Not that they are just law keepers, they just have been in the faith a great many years.
Oh wait, Lord, is this me? Am I offering lip service to you and my heart is far off from you? This is what I know that I know, if this fear that pop up in my head would have been the case, I would have felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which I did not. I try to look at self before proceeding to any other person, as you know about the beam and the spec.
Fear and panic seem to set in rather quickly when I fear the Lord is speaking to me about me. I keep the Ten Commandments hanging in front of my computer that I may keep them fresh in my mind at all times. When I asked the Lord this question I feel no conviction. I do not feel the Holy Spirit say it is me.
Then what is this for, about whom is the Lord speaking? What am I to do with this? This feeling is so strong that it’s like a griping novel that you just can’t put down. It is consuming my every thought. Mark 7:1-13 was also in line on the screen and Ezekiel 33:31. I read all of these passages.
I know the Lord is very patient with us, and our patience is not what His is. I run people over and over in mind. Am I suppose to speak this to someone, am I suppose to lead someone out of this sin with other words? It just continues to grow stronger and stronger. Who, what, where? No answers!
I know a young lady who is very knew to the faith. Am I to speak to her about not following religion and having a relationship with the Lord? If you spend any time in church it’s very easy to pick up Christian lingo yet not live your everyday life for Him. It’s easy to nod when everyone else does yet never develop that personal relationship with the One we should have fear (reverence) for.
Then I receive a text from an older person that claims to be a Christian, this person praises the Lord for all things. On the same day a praise is given to the Lord, this person can be trying to divide family members or just plain out lying about someone. Did I receive this text at this time because the Lord is speaking about this person?
As I continue in prayer about this, the Lord has not given me the answers. I know that He will in His perfect timing. The Lord is always faithful in providing the answers even if I forget this passage of scripture before He does, He will first bring this back to me and then show me who is for and why He has made me wait for the answer. He is very kind in regard to us humans who are so finite in our brains.
I did talk to that young lady about a relationship with the Lord instead of just religion. She accepted my comments well and we had a terrific conversation. She appears to really be seeking the Lord. She is spending time in His word every day, which is SO important. She understands about learning to have a relationship with Him. I felt very good about her after our conversation and I praise the Lord that I may have a small part in helping her to grow in her faith.
The older person I have not talked to yet because I have not felt the Lord ok this yet. Until I feel Him guiding me to speak to someone then it’s a conversation that I can’t force. If I don’t have His backing then it becomes me doing the same thing that He is warning me of.
I hope anyone who reads this, if this is for you or about you that you will heed this warning from the Lord. He does not honor the person that only gives Him lip service without having a changed heart. You have to give your life to Him.
God Bless you all.
As I read headlines, each day I see that we, here in America, have become Sodom and Gomorrah. Whether Sodom and Gomorrah were worse than the days of Noah I am not going to pretend to know.
What I do know, is that we have gone down that path. I ask the Lord to forgives us (Christians of this country) that we have allowed this to happen.
How did we turn our country over to such sinful people. I could claim I am only 5 years old in the faith and didn’t know, but the Lord tells us that ignorance is not a reason.
I know there will be a falling away, that is the only way that the man of sin will be able to deceive people. I thought America would be destroyed, not going in the way of Sodom and Gomorrah.
If YHWY and Abraham were to have a conversation today, and Abraham said for 10 would you not destroy it. Could the Lord find 10 righteous people in the United States of America?
We make gods out of everything without calling them gods. We are so sophisticated that we are ignorant. We wouldn’t know humility if it bit us in our dairy-aire.
What will it take for us to climb off the high horse we got onto and turn back to God? We boast of sexual sin (of every kind), young people do not marry the way they used to. We take God out of school and court houses. We are allowing prostitutes and drag queens to be in our news daily. We kill and brag about killing unborn babies.
King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun. This is not new and I understand that, but how could a nation founded on the principles of the bible allow ourselves to be drug so far into the mire that we do not know who God is.
We have made an idol of the real God, YHWH. We do not have to follow the Ten Commandments any more. Oh, the Bible is outdated. That book is so old it couldn’t possibly be talking about our modern age. God just didn’t know humans were going to get so smart that we would invent computers and talk to people all around the world.
Folks, we need to wake up! If you are a Christian and not in name only, then read and reread my favorite verse. 2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Many will say that is the old testament, that doesn’t pertain to us anymore. God does not change and Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is more prophesy to be fulfilled in the old Testament than the new. You can not tear 39 books of your bible our and expect to know who God is.
You can not claim to know God want to protect animals more than people. We are so consumed with some little fish or whatever lives in the little streams than we are with babies being murdered in the womb. We want to deny everything that is God. We deny His Holiness when we humanize Him. We do not even hold His name as reverent.
We want to murder the unborn, the elderly, and the disabled! So when no one speaks for them, when they come for you, whoever you are who will speak for you? When my Grams died I was thankful to the Lord. I listened to pray for the Lord Jesus to take her home. She was never in a nursing home. My aunts took care of her. I help just a couple of days a week. I read her the bible and even though she no longer even knew who I was the Psalms always soothed her. She had pain like anyone else. When her feet were swollen and I would rub them she just loved it.
I don’t know where people get the idea that they can make decisions in place of God. What are you doing in God’s eyes? You are placing yourself above Him! Many people discuss whether we are under the Ten Commandments. I keep the Ten Commandments on my wall to remind me of what God wrote with His own Hand. We no longer have to sacrifice an animal every year, because Yeshua Hamashiach fulfilled that. He however did not fulfil the Ten Commandments. He said if you love me keep My Commandments. Which commandment do you not have to keep?
I am not a scholar nor a theologian, what I am is a person who loves God. I am grateful that Jesus would come and die on the cross for my sin. I am a sinner that God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son. I will not murder another human being. King David killed the man that killed King Saul. King Saul had tried to kill David for many years. The man thought he would be rewarded. He was not. Why did King David do this? King David said that no one should kill the Lord’s anointed. Who are you to say that the unborn baby isn’t God’s anointed? Who are you to say that the elderly person you want to be so human to and not let them live that way isn’t God’s anointed? John Leaped in the womb when Mary came in the room. Sarah and Elizabeth both had a child in their old age.
Do not think you are wise enough to know the mind of God! We are held under a higher standard in the New Covenant times than the Old Covenant times. Christians you had better know this. You need to study what the Word says about Him, new and old.
I pray that this reaches the heart of at least one person.
God bless you!
We will be examining Revelation Chapter 11, which speaks of the seventh trumpet sounding, and comparing it with Revelation 4 the much acclaimed Pre-Tribulation Rapture chapter — “come up hither”. But before we do we need to pinpoint what scripture teaches concerning what we are to be looking for — according to Scripture — at the time of rapture.
I have been writing a series of articles with an emphasis on Jesus’ warning to us in Revelation 22. The warning “if taken seriously” by teachers within the Christian Faith could have a far reaching impact on the unity within doctrine.
Jesus may well have had His own prayer [(John 17) for unity] in mind when He made His warning in Revelation 22. It is profound to consider, so let’s view it one more time.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things…
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WARNING: MATERIAL IN THIS ARTICLE MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
About a decade ago, reading Jim Bishop’s The Day Christ Died, I realized that I had for years taken the Crucifixion more or less for granted — that I had grown callous to its horror by a too easy familiarity with the grim details and a too distant friendship with our Lord. It finally occurred to me that, though a physician, I didn’t even know the actual immediate cause of death. The Gospel writers don’t help us much on this point, because crucifixion and scourging were so common during their lifetime that they apparently considered a detailed description unnecessary.
So we have only the concise words of the Evangelists: “Pilate, having scourged Jesus, delivered Him to them to be crucified — and they crucified Him.” I have no competence to discuss the infinite psychic and spiritual suffering of the Incarnate God atoning for the sins of fallen man. But it seemed to me that as a physician I might pursue the physiological and anatomical aspects of our Lord’s passion in some detail.
What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture?
This led me first to a study of the practice of crucifixion itself; that is, torture and execution by fixation to a cross. I am indebted to many who have studied this subject in the past, and especially to a contemporary colleague, Dr. Pierre Barbet, a French surgeon who has done exhaustive historical and experimental research and has written extensively on the subject.
Apparently, the first known practice of crucifixion was by the Persians. Alexander and his generals brought it back to the Mediterranean world — to Egypt and to Carthage. The Romans apparently learned the practice from the Carthaginians and (as with almost everything the Romans did) rapidly developed a very high degree of efficiency and skill at it. A number of Roman authors (Livy, Cicer, Tacitus) comment on crucifixion, and several innovations, modifications, and variations are described in the ancient literature. For instance, the upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached two or three feet below its top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross. The most common form used in our Lord’s day, however, was the Tau cross, shaped like our T.
In this cross, the patibulum was placed in a notch at the top of the stipes. There is archeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified. Without any historical or biblical proof, Medieval and Renaissance painters have given us our picture of Christ carrying the entire cross. But the upright post, or stipes, was generally fixed permanently in the ground at the site of execution and the condemned man was forced to carry the patibulum, weighing about 110 pounds, from the prison to the place of execution.
Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion, also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words to Thomas, “Observe my hands.” Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand.
A titulus, or small sign, stating the victim’s crime was usually placed on a staff, carried at the front of the procession from the prison, and later nailed to the cross so that it extended above the head. This sign with its staff nailed to the top of the cross would have given it somewhat the characteristic form of the Latin cross.
But, of course, the physical passion of the Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of this initial suffering, the one of greatest physiological interest is the bloody sweat. It is interesting that St. Luke, the physician, is the only one to mention this. He says, “And being in agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.” Every ruse (trick) imaginable has been used by modern scholars to explain away this description, apparently under the mistaken impression that this just doesn’t happen. A great deal of effort could have been saved had the doubters consulted the medical literature. Though very rare, the phenomenon of Hematidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress of the kind our Lord suffered, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process might well have produced marked weakness and possible shock.
After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was next brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiphus, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiphus. The palace guards then blind-folded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat upon Him, and struck Him in the face.
In the early morning, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, Jesus is taken across the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia, the seat of government of the Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. You are, of course, familiar with Pilate’s action in attempting to pass responsibility to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Judea. Jesus apparently suffered no physical mistreatment at the hands of Herod and was returned to Pilate.
It was then, in response to the cries of the mob, that Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion. There is much disagreement among authorities about the unusual scourging as a prelude to crucifixion. Most Roman writers from this period do not associate the two. Many scholars believe that Pilate originally ordered Jesus scourged as his full punishment and that the death sentence by crucifixion came only in response to the taunt by the mob that the Procurator was not properly defending Caesar against this pretender who allegedly claimed to be the King of the Jews. Preparations for the scourging were carried out when the Prisoner was stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. It is doubtful the Romans would have made any attempt to follow the Jewish law in this matter, but the Jews had an ancient law prohibiting more than forty lashes. The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs.
At first the thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped. The half-fainting Jesus is then untied and allowed to slump to the stone pavement, wet with His own blood.
The Roman soldiers see a great joke in this provincial Jew claiming to be king. They throw a robe across His shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter. They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. Flexible branches covered with long thorns (commonly used in bundles for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this is pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding, the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of the body.
After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back. Already having adhered to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, its removal causes excruciating pain just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, and almost as though He were again being whipped the wounds once more begin to bleed. In deference to Jewish custom, the Romans return His garments. The heavy patibulum of the cross is tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion begins its slow journey along the Via Dolorosa.
In spite of His efforts to walk erect, the weight of the heavy wooden beam, together with the shock produced by copious blood loss, is too much. He stumbles and falls. The rough wood of the beam gouges into the lacerated skin and muscles of the shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their endurance. The centurion, anxious to get on with the crucifixion, selects a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross. Jesus follows, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock, until the 650 yard journey from the fortress Antonia to Golgotha is finally completed. Jesus is offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture. He refuses to drink. Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus quickly thrown backward 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 and 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 flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place.
The left foot is now 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 moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating 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 His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet. At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.
It was undoubtedly during these periods that He uttered the seven short sentences recorded:
The first, looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
The second, to the penitent thief, “Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”
The third, looking down at the terrified, grief-stricken adolescent John — the beloved Apostle — he said, “Behold thy mother.” Then, looking to His mother Mary, “Woman behold thy son.”
The fourth cry is from the beginning of the 22nd Psalm, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?”
Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”
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 tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.” One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.
The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.” His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die.
With one last surge of strength, he once again presses His torn feet against the nail, straightens His legs, takes a deeper breath, and utters His seventh and last cry, “Father! Into thy hands I commit my spirit.”
The rest you know. In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be dispatched and removed from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; thus the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus they saw that this was unnecessary.
Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John reports: “And immediately there came out blood and water.” That is, there was an escape of water fluid from the sac surrounding the heart, giving postmortem evidence that Our Lord died not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure (a broken heart) due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium.
Thus we have had our glimpse — including the medical evidence — of that epitome of evil which man has exhibited toward Man and toward God. It has been a terrible sight, and more than enough to leave us despondent and depressed. How grateful we can be that we have the great sequel in the infinite mercy of God toward man — at once the miracle of the atonement (at one ment) and the expectation of the triumphant Easter morning.
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When babies are slaughtered and animals protected has the church lost her influence? If it has, should that come as a surprise? What is the role of the Christian in this modern post-Biblical world? Ellen and I attend a Bible believing church. We found it after visiting many. This one preaches a biblical based message in our area; and yet sad to say there is no message regarding our countries demise into the quicksand of immorality which has been occurring on a regular basis in our time. Why is this?
If Bible believing/Teaching pastors are becoming restrained in their use of God’s stand on morality in the Americas, the land of the free; then we cannot be far away from losing this freedom to stand for what is right in God’s creation. And it now appears after having delayed the uniting of our objections so long, that if we do…
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Somewhere along the way, We Americans…have lost our way! Do you think I am crazy with that statement? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says of these times.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
So now…do you still think I am crazy? I can’t help but watch the News every day and see that the Passage of Scripture above…is absolute Truth. Now let’s see what Jesus Christ wants for us to be like.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Jesus Christ…God…says HE is giving us a “New Commandment.” Where is that Commandment being played out nowadays? I have never seen the like! The numbers of murders, attacks on Police, shooting sprees at places of employment, Churches, everywhere! If I were to look at only these, I would begin to think I was living in a 3rd World Country fraught with war. And then we look at the Kidnappings and Physical Assaults on children and women! How about the new abortion laws? Is any of this making any sense to anyone? What happened to Common Sense, Common Decency, Love of Life?
Rereading 2 Timothy above, I am seeing all of these all across our Nation! Don’t call me Crazy…until you look for yourselves. It is laid out in Black and White, in the Holy Word of God; and IF we are honest, everyone could admit we are dead-Center with that Passage of Scripture…RIGHT NOW. Now…tell me the Bible is Old Fashioned or Outdated. I must say, the Word of God IS ALIVE and proving itself at this very moment…Right? People, this is a wake-up call; even better, it is the WAKE-UP ALARM. And I already know there are other people, other Writers, saying this very thing, over and over again.
There is a problem here! The question is, “Where do YOU stand on all this stuff?” We must see that there is a problem and that we must do all we can to Arrest that Problem…According to the Word of God. That means each and every one of us is responsible for saying something, doing something about these issues!
Is immigration the issue? Is murder in our streets the issue? Abortion clinics? Our schools? Actually, every single instance is the Issue. As I have stated before, We are the Fallen Species here…and it is definitely showing…wouldn’t you agree?
The true Issue here is this: “We allowed legislation to remove our Lord and Savior from our Homes, Our Schools and our Courts!” The evidence shows…Proves…that was the worst thing to happen…for all of us! WE are responsible for that! Maybe you have forgotten whom you voted into Office where you live. Yuppers…each of us is at fault for allowing these things to take place; and one day WE…as in each of us…will face Jesus Christ…and we will account for our Part in it.
President Trump? He is NOT the issue here. Following the Law as prescribed by the Lord God is the issue…or NOT following that Law of God. Trust me when I say, each of us is accountable, whether we go with the Law of God…or we don’t. That, my Friends, is a very serious issue! Please Remember:
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Did you read that part in the above verse about Judgment? Judgment for what? Evidently each of us is going to be Judged for our actions or the lack thereof…remember…Intent of the Heart…comes before action.
2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Just so we all understand…for the things we do…and the things we don’t do. As in, we can hide our heads in a hole in the ground…as if nothing bad is taking place…OR…we can help to do something about it. You can turn off the TV set, but the issues are still taking place. Do you understand that each of us has a part in everything taking place? Whether we enjoy it or not…good or bad…something must be done! Then again, maybe you don’t agree with the Commandment of the Lord…right? That is counted as well, my Friends.
I am having a difficult time getting people to understand that you cannot sit there covering your eyes and your ears…thinking that nothing is happening – thinking you have no responsibility in these issues – that somehow, they will all just disappear…somehow! How about Letters and Emails to our Representatives and members of Congress, TELLING them to get off their collective Butts and act on these Issues. STOP the madness…STOP the murders…get back to the Bible…to HONOR the Lord God! Put PRAYER back in our schools…advance the HONOR for Authority…Promote decency…Promote the HONOR of Life. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Please remember, my Friends…you can NOT run from the Lord…you can NOT Hide from the Lord…every one of our actions…OR…the lack of our actions…is being recorded by the Lord God! As always…what will be your response to HIM…your EXCUSE maybe? Will your response be that everyone will KNOW you Honor the Lord God with your actions? Please re-read John 13 once again.
Try looking up SHAME, or the opposite of HONOR in the Dictionary. It’s right there in Black and White…Just like it is TRUTH in God’s Holy Word to you and me. I am choosing to HONOR my Lord and Savior…Jesus Christ…because HE IS GOD. I want to make HIM Proud…How about you?
John 3:16 “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.”
All Passages of Scripture come from the King James Version of the Bible.
All Emphasis is mine