A reading of the gospels narratives concerning the death of Jesus will show that He was nailed to the cross at 9 o’clock in the morning, and didn’t die until 3 pm in the afternoon.
The agony in the Garden of Gethsemene the night before had been an ordeal in prayer before His Father that we can scarcely understand. The writer of Hebrews comments on this incident,
“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” –Hebrews 5:7, 8
Then, too, Jesus had been up the rest of the night without sleep enduring scourging, beating, cruel mockery and unspeakable brutality.
He was already weakened when he carried his cross, stumbling, to the place of crucifixion.
Death by crucifixion: The nailing of hands and feet forced the victims to push up against the weight of his own body to take a single breath.
In the hot sun, terrible thirst ensued and death came in most cases from suffocation amidst great pain.
The victim was also naked and publically humiliated– death on the cross was reserved for the most wretched of all criminals. (Read about the love of God to us here)
There is so much more to the death of Jesus on the cross than the ‘visible suffering’, terrible pain and suffering, and the incredible ignominy of such a horrible death for One who was not only innocent but also the very Son of God.
Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all mankind when He shed his blood and died for us on the cross, but He also met fully the onslaught of demons, fallen angels, and all the power of evil forces in the heavens as well, disarming all of them completely.
Because Jesus loves you and me so much he suffered this horrific death to pay for our sins, shedding his blood and then rose from the dead to provide you with eternal life. .
Won’t you please place your trust in Jesus now? Read the next verse to learn how…
1 Thessalonians 4:14
“For IF we “believe” that Jesus died and rose again , even so them also which sleep-[died] in Jesus will God bring with him.
So if you want salvation will you trust that Jesus shed his blood and died to forgive YOUR sin and rose from the dead to save YOU?