Jesus Is The Reason For Easter Weekend, James Allen
Below is a Mail received from James Allen while he was still alive
If you think that the Easter Weekend is just another Holiday that you can kick back, relax and enjoy at your leisure. You are probably right, however, there is one person that had to sacrifice his life for you to enjoy this wonderful weekend, and that is the Son Of My God, Jesus Christ. This article is not intended to spoil your wonderful weekend for you, if you have the time, take a few minutes and read what Jesus had to sacrifice for you.
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion, which at the time was the “worst” death penalty handed down to anyone and only the worst criminals were condemned to die by crucifixion. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, for unlike other criminals of the time condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, rather than tied. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The 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 for long because of the pain, so, He was forced to alternate between arching His back and using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. 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. But, do we remember the many wounds made to his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped and a nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. And…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 (two to three-inch thorns) cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. Jesus had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 5 liters (just over a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 5 liters of his blood. He had three nails hammered into His body; 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 almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross-beam was almost 30 kg of weight, to which His hands were nailed).
Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you may have free access to God.
So that your sins can be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!
And, rose again on the third day!!!
May God bless you! Yes, I love God.
He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive and safe, both day and night. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.