Here are some facts about crucifixion.
The person would support his weight by pushing up from the legs while simultaneously pulling up from the wrists. As the leg muscles would tire, he would have to allow his body to hang limp while struggling to breathe. This process continued until the leg muscles gave out, forcing the condemned to hang and suffocate.
In some circumstances, an executioner needed to end the crucifixion. To do so, the soldiers would break the persons legs by smashing the femur bones with a large, heavy mallet. This prevented the person from being able to push up from the feet to reposition the diaphragm for breathing, thus forcing him to suffocate.
Jesus Christs legs (bones) were not broken as was prophesied Exodus 12:46 also echoed prophetically in Psalms 34:20
It has been said that a broken femur is one of the most painful things a person can experience. The initial physical pain of having both femurs shattered at the same time would be devastating. Furthermore, the psychological torture of feeling death approaching would be mentally unbearable. Even though the condemned may want to die because of the intense suffering of hanging on the cross for so long, the simple fact is that the human brain and body are designed for survival. Pushing up on the legs to breathe is painful, but it satisfies that innate survival instinct.
The nails driven into the wrists would pierce the main nerve running through the arm. When the victim pushed up to breathe, the wrists rotated against the nail, which would irritate the nerves and cause intense pain in the arms. The direct exposure of the nerve to the thick slab of metal produced a constant, recurring pain that had to be endured every time the crucified person pulled up to breathe.
This would be like someone having an arm cut off and then having a piece of bone pressed into the open wound and twisted into the nerve.
Crucifixion involved more than just nailing someone to a cross. It was proceeded by a beating with a nine-tailed whip that had metal tips and bone clippings on the end of every strap.The executioner strapped the person to a block of wood while soldiers beat the shard tips of the whip into the back, buttocks, and legs of the condemned. The bones would tear into the flesh and then rip both skin and muscle away when retracted.
This was known as flogging and would sometimes last for extended periods of time. The purpose was to mar the victim beyond recognition up to, but not through, the point of death. Oftentimes, the tails of the whips reached over the back and clung into the front of the shoulders and the chest. The torturers also repeatedly lashed the skull, face, and neck. This tearing away of the human flesh put the victim into an immediate state of shock. Major blood loss ensued.
This continued after being nailed up. Every time the condemned shifted weight from the feet to the arms then back to the feet, his back rubbed against the splintered wood, causing a constant stabbing into the open flesh. Some of the wooden shreds remained lodged in the muscles and exposed nerve endings. Others simply tore the wounds even further open and then continued to streak the back with gore as the person shifted.
The initial beating alone was enough to induce the onset of hypovolemic shock. This occurs when a person loses 20 percent or more of the body’s blood supply. The blood loss depletes the body of oxygen and prevents the heart from pumping more blood, which results in even less reaching the cells. The cycle is vicious and can continue until the person dies from the condition.
The symptoms of hypovolemic shock include nausea, profuse sweating, dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Victims would frequently vomit, which, in some cases, hastened the speed of suffocation as bodily fluids choked and gagged victims who were already struggling to breathe.
This happens at the onset of the crucifixion. The vertical beam is already in the ground. The victim carries the horizontal beam, and then the executioner nails him to it while on the ground. With the person’s wrists nailed into the horizontal beam, the executioner lifts and then hammers it into the vertical beam.
When this happens, the persons feet still aren’t nailed into the vertical beam. Therefore he has nothing to push up with, and the weight of the hanging body, once raised, pulls the shoulders out of their sockets. The body then sinks lower, dislocates the wrists.
The result is that the arms are extended at least 15 centimeters (6 in) beyond their normal span of reach. This causes the body to hang in an extended, slumped position, which forces the chest cavity to protrude outward. The extended chest cavity allows for inhalation but makes exhaling nearly impossible. The effect from this is that carbon dioxide is not released from the body as is done through proper exhalation during the natural process of breathing.
Since the body doesn’t get enough oxygen while hanging on the cross, the natural physiological response is to hyperventilate. Not being able to do so, however, the heart pumps harder, trying to overcompensate for the lack of oxygen. The heart then goes into cardiac stress, which can even cause it to rupture inside the chest cavity.
Symptoms of hyperventilation include fever and anxiety. Fever produces aches in the muscles. Since the muscles are already cramping and in spasm, this adds more complication to the severity of the pain. Given the fact that the victim is literally dying in (and from) pain, he is already exceedingly nervous and anxious. Coupling this with the body’s physiological responses makes for a sense of nervousness and central nervous system shock that most people today will never experience in their lifetime. When a victim his hung on the cross, the knees are bent at a 45-degree angle. This forces the person to sustain the weight of the body with the thigh muscles. It is painful to bend the knees and support one’s weight with the thighs alone for even five minutes. Doing this for hours, even days, is unimaginable.
The natural way for our vital organs to receive oxygen is through the flow of blood. Proper movement of the body’s exterior limbs (arms and legs) and their interaction with gravity facilitate this process. The cross interferes. The stationary arms and legs, combined with gravity’s work of pulling the blood downward, prevents the vital organs from receiving the proper flow of oxygen.
The organs respond. The body’s natural tool for communication when something is wrong is pain. So, the vital organs signal to the brain that something is not right. They do this through the nerves that lead to the pain centers of the brain. Thus, along with all the other excruciating tortures on the cross, the oxygen-deprived organs scream unimaginable pain signals to the brain.
Aside from the ten facts above, it is important to remember two things: First, these do not happen in one nice sequence, with one occurring and then the victim having time to prepare for the next. They all happen at the same time. The combined effect is immense physical pain and torture. Second, the process of crucifixion lasted a long time. This list covers what happens, but reading it takes ten minutes. In some cases, crucifixion has lasted as long as ten days.
Multiple sources cited
Crucifixion was more painful than just feeling three nails.
It was an excruciating way to suffer and to die.
The above screenshot is from a “pastor” …..
The understanding of the Holiness of God is clearly lacking worldwide, as is reverence for Him.
Are we now calling sin a “hang up?” Really? No, seriously really?
Let’s soften sin a bit more, as not to offend anyone… and while we’re at it … also let’s just forget God is Holy, and He will not be mocked.
Yes He is Love, He is merciful, He is long suffering…. but do not forget HE is Holy.
He didn’t come as a man, Jesus Christ to “get hung up!”
Jesus Christ laid HIS life down willingly … no one took it from Him. And He did so while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
This screenshot (and posts/sermons) and many like it come from “leaders” and “pastors”… this is a complete insult to the word of God, a mockery of Jesus Christ’s atonement and an ignorance of our sin against a Holy God. And the “congregations” love it!
They “Amen” this junk and say preach more smooth sugary words to us! We love it! Scratch our itching ears … we love it! Preach it preacha’ and make us feeeeel goooood!
2 Tim 4:3
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Let’s get back to how God defines and sees things …
Here’s the biblical truth:
We are ALL guilty before a Holy God! Every human being born stands guilty before God. Romans 3:10-12
Every single person born has transgressed Gods law. If you’ve lied just one time in your life – you’ve transgressed Gods whole Law. And you’re a liar. If you’ve so much as stolen a paper clip from work – you’re a thief and stand guilty before God. Romans 3:23
God does not “compartmentalize” sin as we like to justify ourselves as in “well it was just a paper clip it’s not like it was armed robbery”…. no … you’re a thief, as am I.
The ONLY (John 14:6) way to escape the wrath of God is to realize you (me) are guilty before a Holy God, and understand (believe by faith in Christ alone) that Jesus Christ didn’t “get hung up” …HE LAID HIS life down and paid the penalty for our guilt to satisfy the debt WE OWE!
We all deserve an eternity in hell, despite what the emerging church will tell you that there is no such place or another comforting delusion that you can atone for yourself after death… Hell is just as real as Heaven. And not one person deserves Heaven. Romans 6:23
Christ’s work on that cross paid our debt in full .. once and only once and for “whosoever should call upon the name of the Lord!” Acts 4:12