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A common myth is that Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, and his ‘resurrection’ was just him reemerging (From where? Why?). Here are the problems with these arguments and how we know Jesus did die, so he would rise again from the dead.
I recently found a very interesting website that deals with this specifically. The link is HERE, and I will be taking my notes from it.
Death by crucifixion takes days, not hours.
Yes, this is true, however Jesus was not just crucified. Jesus was:
- physically assaulted – beaten, kicked, thrown around and to the floor
- dehydrated – Jesus had no water or anything else to eat
- whipped – it is unknown how many lashes Jesus received. There was a Jewish law that limited it to forty lashes, but it was most likely not heeded in this instance. Stated from the above website: “When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped.” Jesus was already near death at this point.
- tortured – this continues from the physical beatings and whipping already inflicted upon our Lord. His clothing would have been returned to him, and then it was torn off, reopening his whipping wounds. The crown of thorns was also placed on his head. “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.”
- impaled with a spear – When he had been on the cross for hours, and they were hurrying to get them all down before the Passover, the soldiers would break their legs to get them to die quicker. When it came to Jesus, the Romans remarked that they didn’t need to do that, because he was already dead. A Roman soldier then pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, plunging it deep into his torso – his heart, to be exact. “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.”
Understanding of medicine wasn’t as sophisticated back then. How do you know he was really dead?
Luke was a physician, and gives us the most medical information we can hope for regarding this event. One thing he writes about, is how Jesus sweat blood, which is thoroughly included in medical journals:
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.
It was the Romans that saw that Jesus was dead, and they were known for their accurate prognoses (especially of someone’s death).
The gospel writers weren’t the only ones that claimed Jesus died on the cross. The Romans did, the gospel writers did, Joseph of Arimathea did, etc. They also had no reason to lie, especially the gospel writers who died for what they had seen. They saw Jesus die, and then rise from the dead. If they had not, they would not have believed him. Remember, they doubted, just like all of us, but they ended up dying for what they saw.
Prophecy and Trust
Over and over again Jesus showed he knew the future, and never sinned (therefore never lied). He spoke of his future crucifixion, and everything happened just as he said.
So, knowing the medical and philosophical proof for the TRUE, HISTORICAL death (and resurrection) of Jesus, I pray you can come to know Him, and put your faith and trust in Him.