Remembering His Passion

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Good Friday, March 25, 2016.

Though strong as an ox, my erstwhile friend, the faux socialist Stephanie, is allergic to work. She would take a temporary job and, when it ends, apply for unemployment benefits. When the benefits run out, she’ll go find another temp job. And so on…. Though raised a Christian, Stephanie is a goddess cultist, wiccan witch, and rabidly anti-Christian. In a fit of self-pity, the perfectly healthy Stephanie once blurted to me: “Don’t tell me how Jesus had suffered. I’ve suffered more than Jesus!”
This post, “Remembering His Passion,” is for Stephanie, the “artist” Michael D’Antuono who painted the above blasphemous portrait of Obama in 2009, and all malignant narcissists who cheapen His memory by having the gall to compare themselves to Him.

He sweated blood.

After He and his disciples had observed the Passover meal in an upper room in a home in southwest Jerusalem, they traveled to the Mount of Olives, northeast of the city.
There, in the garden of Gethsemane, for 12 hours (from 9 PM Thursday to 9 AM Friday), He prayed. He saw all the sins of humanity — past, present, and future — and knew that the time of His death was near. Suffering great mental anguish, He sweated blood (hematidrosis). As a result of hemorrhage into the sweat glands, His skin became fragile and tender. In the cold night air, His hematidrosis would have produced chills.

He was scourged at least 39 times.

Scourging or flogging was a legal preliminary to every Roman execution. The usual instrument was a short whip (flagellum) with several single or braided leather thongs of variable lengths, in which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bones were tied at intervals. Occasionally, staves also were used.
He was stripped of his clothing, His hands tied to an upright post. His back, buttocks, and legs were flogged either by two soldiers or by one who alternated positions. The scourging was intended to weaken Him to a state just short of collapse or death.
As the Roman soldiers repeatedly struck His back with full force, the iron balls caused deep contusions, and the leather thongs and sheep bones cut into His skin and subcutaneous tissues.Then, as the flogging continued, the lacerations tore into His underlying skeletal muscles and produced quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh. Pain and blood loss set the stage for circulatory shock.

His scalp was pierced with thorns.

The Roman soldiers, amused that this weakened man had been acclaimed a king, began to mock Him by placing a robe on his shoulders, a crown of thorns on His head, and a wooden staff as a scepter in His right hand. Next, they spat on Him and struck Him on the head with the wooden staff.
The crown of thorns was not a crown at all. It was probably a bush roughly applied, and tied on with rope.
The thorns probably came from the Lote Tree, a wild bush that still grows freely all over the Holy Land. This bush had thorns between one to two inches long. There are over 70 scalp wounds visible on the Shroud of Turin.
The soldiers’ beating with the rods to His head covered with this crown would have caused severe bleeding. It is probable that the clump of thorns was removed before His tunic was put back onto His body, and then reapplied during the Crucifixion. The blood trickling down from the newly opened head wounds suggest that the thorns were reapplied before the Crucifixion.
Imagine the pain you’d feel if just one thorn, measuring 1 to 2 inches long, were stuck into your scalp.

He carried his own cross, weighing 125 lb.

The severe scourging, with its intense pain and appreciable blood loss, most probably left Him in a pre-shock state. Moreover, hematidrosis had rendered his skin particularly tender. The physical and mental abuse, as well as the lack of food, water, and sleep, also contributed to His generally weakened state. Therefore, even before the actual crucifixion, His physical condition was at least serious and possibly critical.

It was customary for the condemned man to carry his own cross from the flogging post to the site of crucifixion outside the city walls.

Since the weight of the entire cross was probably well over 300 lb., “only” the crossbar or patibulum — weighing 75 to 125 lb. — was carried. The patibulum was placed across the nape of His neck and balanced along both shoulders, His outstretched arms tied to the crossbar. The processional to the site of crucifixion was led by a complete Roman military guard, headed by a centurion.

He was nailed to a cross to die.

The Romans did not invent crucifixions, but they perfected it as a form of torture and capital punishment designed to produce a slow death with maximum pain and suffering. It was one of the most disgraceful and cruelest methods of execution and usually was reserved only for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and the vilest of criminals.

At the site of execution, by law, He was given a bitter drink of wine mixed with myrrh (gall) as a mild analgesic. He was then thrown to the ground on his back, with his arms outstretched along the patibulum.
His hands were nailed to the crossbar at the wrists. The nails were tapered iron spikes approximately 5 to 7 inches long with a square shaft 3/8 in. across.
After both arms were fixed to the crossbar, He and the patibulum, together, were lifted onto the stipes. Next, His feet were nailed to the front of the stipes.
Every breath He took was a struggle, seared with pain.
The weight of His body, pulling down on the outstretched arms and shoulders, fixed the intercostal muscles in an inhalation state and thereby hinder passive exhalation. Accordingly, exhalation was primarily diaphragmatic, and breathing was shallow. This form of respiration would not suffice and hypercarbia (abnormally-elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood) soon resulted. The onset of muscle cramps or tetanic contractions, due to fatigue and hypercarbia, further hindered His breathing.
To exhale, He had to lift His body by pushing up on His feet, flexing His elbows and adducting His shoulders. However, this maneuver placed the entire weight of the body on His tarsals, producing searing pain. Furthermore, flexion of His elbows caused rotation of His wrists about the iron nails, causing fiery pain along the damaged median nerves. Lifting of the body also painfully scraped His scourged back against the rough wooden stipes. Muscle cramps and paresthesias (pins and needles) of the outstretched and uplifted arms added to the discomfort. As a result, each respiratory effort became agonizing and tiring and led eventually to asphyxia (depletion of oxygen to the body).
After “only” 3 to 6 hours hung on the cross, He breathed his last.
Christ crucified

He suffered terribly, unto death, for each one of us.

Remember His Passion today with the Stations of the Cross. Go here.

In memory of His love,

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  1. Very hard to read and get through, but necessary.

  2. Oh my, it is painful to read it. I cannot imagine the agony of feeling this crucifixion. My Lord, my God you gave so much and yet we are so in need of even more of your mercy.

    • lowtechgrannie

      Yes, it is excruciatingly painful, especially when He was a spotless lamb who willingly paid that horrific penalty for our sin, yours and mine. Hallelujah!
      I have a neighbor, an elderly man in extremely poor health. He believes everything about Jesus except the resurrection. Despite the witnessing of others, he says he’s been a good man all his life and he’d rather place his faith in science. I don’t know why I threw that in. It’s been on my mind a lot lately.

  3. I think he believes but he is doubting. He is afraid of the truth. He is afraid of his humaness. It is easier for him to say he isn’t sure than to open up his heart to HIM. Keep praying.

  4. We can’t let Jesus down, we have to stand up against the tyrant who would have this country mocked, and us too as supposedly Christian.

  5. I thank Jesus with all of my heart, soul, intellect, will, emotions and body for what he has done for me and all of the rest of humankind. Dr. Eowyn, I give you my sincere and humble thanks for writing this most painful post, and for doing all of the research to explain to the world what Jesus went through during his horrific Passion. Surely, Jesus continues to appreciate your diligent and holy efforts to tell the Truth. It is so clear to me how much suffering you endure when you write the Truth. May Our Lord, Jesus, continue to bless you abundantly for your unending scholarship and love of Him. Jesus also suffered terribly in his heart from his friends deserting him and denying him, from Judas betraying him and for the sheer rejection of those he loved so close to His heart when He needed them the most. His most precious Mother, our spiritual Mother, the Blessed Mother Mary, never left Him throughout his Passion. The apostle John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” was with Our Lady during His Passion, as was St. Mary Magdalene. Jesus is our example for suffering with dignity and love. Alll of us can join our own personal suffering directly to Our Lord, to lessen his continuous suffering for the sins of humandkind, which is called “redemptive suffering.”: We offer our suffering to Jesus, praying for special intentions and praying that we do God’s will, and that we be the persons that God made us to be, trying to live with in faith, hope and charity, gifts He has given to us. We wear a Crucifix with the body of Jesus upon it, to remind us of His suffering, His love for us, remembering “no cross, no crown.” I LOVE YOU JESUS!!!

  6. My Lord, My King, My Everything….Jesus.

  7. Thank you Jesus.

  8. This is for you Stephanie, meditate on this for a while:
    (Revealed to the pious, God loving Sister Mary Magdalen of the Santa Clara Order, Franciscan, who lived, died and was beatified in Rome.) Jesus filled the wish of this Sister who desired ardently to know something about the secret sufferings which he endured the night before His death. (THIS DEVOTION IS APPROVED AND RECOMMENDED BY HIS HOLINESS CLEMENT II, 1730-1740).
    “The Jews considered Me as the most wretched man living on earth so that is why:
    • 1. They fastened My feet with a rope and dragged Me over the stepping stones of the staircase down into a filthy, nauseating cellar.
    •2. They took off My clothing and stung My body with iron joints.
    •3. They attached a rope around My body and pulled Me along on the ground, from end to end.
    •4. They hanged Me on a wooden piece with a slipknot until I slipped out and fell down. overwhelmed by this torture, I wept bloody tears.
    •5. They tied Me to a post and pierced My body with various arms.
    •6. They stuck Me with stones and burnt Me with blazing embers & torches.
    •7. They pierce Me with awls; sharp spears tore My skin, flesh and arteries out of my body.
    •8. They tied Me to a post and made Me barefoot, on an incandescent metal sheet.
    •9. They crowed me Me with an Iron crown and wrapped My eyes with the dirtiest possible rags.
    •10. They made Me sit on a chair covered with sharp pointed nails, causing deep wounds in My body.
    •11. They poured on My wounds liquid lead and resin, after this torture, they pressed Me on the nailed chair, so that the nails went deeper and deeper into My flesh.
    •12. For shame and affliction, they drove needles in the holes of my uprooted beard. Then they tied My hands behind my back and led Me walking out of prison with strikes and blows.
    •13.They threw Me upon a cross and attached Me so tightly that I could hardly breathe anymore.
    •14.They threw at My head as I lay on the earth, and they stepped on Me, hurting My breast. Then taking a thorn from My crown they drove it into My tongue.
    •15.They poured into my mouth the most immodest excretions, as they uttered the most infamous expressions about Me.
    Then Jesus added: “My daughter, I desire that you let everyone know these “FIFTEEN SECRET TORTURES, in order that everyone of them be honored.” “Anyone who daily offers Me, with love, one of these sufferings and says with fervor the following prayer, will be rewarded with eternal glory on the day of judgment.”

    • Thank you, Grace.
      The only thing I would add to the above is the word “scribes” to “The Jews considered Me….” – thus “The Jewish scribes considered Me….”
      Not all Jews condemned Our Lord to death by the most horrific method of the Roman Empire. Jesus Himself was born a Hebrew, as were all His disciples. St. Paul, my second most favorite saint (after St. Michael, of course, whose image is on FOTM’s masthead), in his Saul persona was also Jewish and had persecuted the early Christians before he was temporarily struck blind and saw the Light.

  9. Couldn’t read the whole thing….too many tears in my eyes.

  10. Is there anything crueler than the ways humans have concocted to torture and kill? I am always amazed and sickened at how brutal the treatment of Jesus was. Thank you Lord for Your sacrifice and Your grace. Thank you! May we all strive to emulate You in our daily lives, I pray.

  11. The History Channel is re-running their hit mini-series, The Bible, all day tomorrow. It concludes with the finale episode showing His crucifixtion. It’s been a good production.

    • No offense, but my wife and I sat and watched the first two episodes and we were not very impressed. You’d have thought it was a sporting event the way we were yelling at the tube. I’ll stick with my book version, thank you very much.

  12. A Friend of mine lost his dad today. As I was reaching for words to comfort him, I said without thinking: You know, it is a great honor to die on Good Friday. I can not think of another day that would be a better day to make this transition ..

  13. There is an excellent book, “A Doctor At Calvary” which I read some years back which details the Crucifixion from a medical perspective. I do not believe anyone in history ever received what Jesus did, and when I compared this knowledge with what I have been able to learn about the Shroud of Turin, I am convinced that Christianity must be HISTORICALLY true.

    • Dear Steven,
      The info in this post is from a medical perspective. And, as you wrote in your comment, the wounds of the man whose visage is inexplicably X-rayed onto the Shroud of Turin perfectly conform with the wounds that the Gospels recount were sustained by our dear Lord Jesus the Christ.
      And you’re right: None of our sufferings can EVER EVER compare with those that He had endured — for us and because He loves us. That is why I see red when anyone has the unmitigated demonic gall to compare Obama to the crucified Christ.

  14. To Jesus Christ be the Glory for all you have done and do. I love you with you with my heart and soul and spirit. I give to you all that I am and will ever be. I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to save us sinners with your love, body, and blood. You are my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  15. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most sacred post. I cannot speak. I am in tears.

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  17. I find the theory that Jesus was nailed in the wrists instead of the palms very questionable. Sacred scripture says that Jesus was nailed in the hands. Some people say that the ancients considered the wrist part of the hand, but the ancients knew the difference between the hands and the wrists. The Romans who were the masters of crucifixion methods certainly did- manus- carpus. It is also not true that the human hand cannot support the weight of a body. Biblical Archaeology Review, a very reputable archaeological magazine, stated in an article some years ago that there were two spaces in the hand that the Romans used in crucifixion to inflict the most pain, which could support several hundred pounds of weight. One is the thenar furrow, which would break no bones because if would pass through a space called the “Z” area and another called “Destot’s space, which is located closer to the wrist (this is the area shown on the image of Jesus in the Shroud of Turin) Whether one believes it was the hand or the wrist, it is interesting that when the saints receive the stigmata it is always in the hands not the wrists.

    • evh, if the arms are tied to uprights then the palms are not supporting all the weight. So palms would not be a problem as I see it.

      • Experiments done after World War II supported the theory that the hands could not hold up the weight of the body, but you are right about the arms being tied. Early European manuscripts show the victims being pierced through the hands and tied to support the weight. Victims were always tied so they could suffocate and die faster after their legs were broken.

  18. I might add that Destot’s space is located at the base of the hand. If a person is nailed in this area it will cause the thumb to bend under, which some people say is the reason Jesus’s thumbs are not visible on the Shroud of Turin.

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  20. Thank you for this post. There was such a powerful and complete work done on the Cross. It leaves me in absolute awe of what Jesus did when He surrendered His will to His Father to die for the sin of the world. Sacrificial love.
    “Pilate’s Report on the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus”

  21. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn. When I observe the stations of the cross today, I will have this post to keep in mind. Thanks for helping us see the Passion and to feel it. Blessings to you.

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  23. Not only did Jesus Suffer like no man had ever suffered before, but His Own Blessed Mother suffered like no woman had ever suffered before! And as They now reside in Eternity, in Glory, they apprehend all of Eternity as in a SINGLE MOMENT, an UNDIVIDED NOW.
    Our Lord and Our Lady HAD a PERSONAL STAKE in our Salvation, and they STILL DO!
    Blessed be God Forever!
    Thank You, Jesus, for giving me another Day of Life through the parents that You did. Thank You for coming down from Heaven and Dying on the Cross for my sins. May I return to my Faith, make Confession and Receive Worthily at Mass as soon as possible. Amen.

    • Steven, I will pray for you during the Divine Mercy devotion in front of Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

  24. Shiloh
    By Tim Shey
    Brutal deathdance;
    My eyes weep blood.
    Pharisees smile like vipers,
    They laugh and mock their venom:
    Blind snakes leading
    The deaf and dumb multitude.
    Where are my friends?
    The landscape is dry and desolate.
    They have stretched my shredded body
    On this humiliating tree.
    The hands that healed
    And the feet that brought good news
    They have pierced
    With their fierce hatred.
    The man-made whip
    That opened up my back
    Preaches from a proper pulpit.
    They sit in comfort:
    That vacant-eyed congregation.
    The respected, demon-possessed reverend
    Forks his tongue
    Scratching itchy ears
    While Cain bludgeons
    Abel into silence.
    My flesh in tattered pieces
    Clots red and cold and sticks
    To the rough-hewn timber
    That props up my limp, vertical carcase
    Between heaven and earth.
    My life drips and puddles
    Below my feet,
    As I gaze down dizzily
    On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.
    The chapter-and-versed wolves
    Jeer and taunt me.
    Their sheepwool clothing
    Is stained black with the furious violence
    Of their heart of stone.
    They worship me in lip service,
    But I confess,
    I never knew them
    (Though they are my creation).
    My tongue tastes like ashes:
    It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
    I am so thirsty.
    This famine is too much for me.
    The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
    Papa, into your hands
    I commend my Spirit.
    February/March 1997
    Iowa State University
    Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”


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