Think you Know How Jesus Died? Read this…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2014 by troyanthonysmith

Think you know how Jesus died? Several years ago Dr. C. Truman Davis analyzed the impact the crucifixion had on Jesus’ physical body; and his findings will astonish you. If you thought that watching the movie “The Passion” was painful to watch, this doctor’s findings will create in you a new level of appreciation for what Jesus went through for you and me. Death by crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, and perfected by the Romans in 100 BC. Here are 55 details of this horrific means of death:

 

1. It is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.”

2. It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of male criminals.
Jesus refused the anaesthetic wine which was offered to Him by the Roman soldiers because of His promise in Matthew 26: 29, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

3. Jesus was stripped naked and His clothing divided by the Roman guards. This was in fulfillment of Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

4. The Crucifixion of Jesus guaranteed a horrific, slow, painful death.
Having been nailed the Cross, Jesus now had an impossible anatomical position to maintain.

5. Jesus’ knees were flexed at about 45 degrees, and He was forced to bear His weight with the muscles of His thigh, which is not an anatomical position which is possible to maintain for more than a few minutes without severe cramp in the muscles of the thigh and calf.

6. Jesus’ weight was borne on His feet, with nails driven through them.
As the strength of the muscles of Jesus’ lower limbs tired, the weight of His body had to be transferred to His wrists, His arms, and His shoulders.

7. Within a few minutes of being placed on the Cross, Jesus’ shoulders were dislocated.
Minutes later Jesus’ elbows and wrists became dislocated.

8. The result of these upper limb dislocations is that His arms were 9 inches longer than normal, as clearly shown on the Shroud.

9. In addition prophecy was fulfilled in Psalm 22:14, “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint.”

10. After Jesus’ wrists, elbows, and shoulders were dislocated, the weight of His body on his upper limbs caused traction forces on the Pectoralis Major muscles of His chest wall.

11. These traction forces caused His rib cage to be pulled upwards and outwards, in a most unnatural state. His chest wall was permanently in a position of maximal respiratory inspiration. In order to exhale, Jesus was physiologically required to force His body.

12. In order to breathe out, Jesus had to push down on the nails in His feet to raise His body, and allow His rib cage to move downwards and inwards to expire air from His lungs.

13. His lungs were in a resting position of constant maximum inspiration. Crucifixion is a medical catastrophe.

14. The problem was that Jesus could not easily push down on the nails in His feet because the muscles of His legs, bent at 45 degrees, were extremely fatigued, in severe cramp, and in an anatomically compromised position.

15. Unlike all Hollywood movies about the Crucifixion, the victim was extremely active.
The crucified victim was physiologically forced to move up and down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to breathe.

16. The process of respiration caused excruciating pain, mixed with the absolute terror of asphyxiation.

17. As the six hours of the Crucifixion wore on, Jesus was less and less able to bear His weight on His legs, as His thigh and calf muscles became increasingly exhausted.
There was increasing dislocation of His wrists, elbows and shoulders, and further elevation of His chest wall, making His breathing more and more difficult
Within minutes of crucifixion Jesus became severely dyspnoeic (short of breath).

18. His movements up and down the Cross to breathe caused excruciating pain in His wrist, His feet, and His dislocated elbows and shoulders.

19. The movements became less frequent as Jesus became increasingly exhausted, but the terror of imminent death by asphyxiation forced Him to continue in His efforts to breathe.

20. Jesus’ lower limb muscles developed excruciating cramp from the effort of pushing down on His legs, to raise His body, so that He could breathe out, in their anatomically compromised position.

21. The pain from His two shattered median nerves in His wrists exploded with every movement.

22. Jesus was covered in blood and sweat.

23. The blood was a result of the Scourging that nearly killed Him, and the sweat as a result of His violent involuntary attempts to effort to expire air from His lungs.
Throughout all this He was completely naked, and the leaders of the Jews, the crowds, and the thieves on both sides of Him were jeering, swearing and laughing at Him.
In addition, Jesus’ own mother was watching.

24. Physiologically, Jesus’ body was undergoing a series of catastrophic and terminal events.

25. Because Jesus could not maintain adequate ventilation of His lungs, He was now in a state of hypoventilation (inadequate ventilation).

26. His blood oxygen level began to fall, and He developed Hypoxia (low blood oxygen).
In addition, because of His restricted respiratory movements, His blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level began to rise, a condition known as Hypercapnia.

27. This rising CO2 level stimulated His heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen, and the removal of CO2

28. The Respiratory Centre in Jesus’ brain sent urgent messages to his lungs to breathe faster, and Jesus began to pant.

29. Jesus’ physiological reflexes demanded that He took deeper breaths, and He involuntarily moved up and down the Cross much faster, despite the excruciating pain.
The agonising movements spontaneously started several times a minute, to the delight of the crowd who jeered Him, the Roman soldiers, and the Sanhedrin.

30. However, due to the nailing of Jesus to the Cross and His increasing exhaustion, He was unable to provide more oxygen to His oxygen starved body.

31. The twin forces of Hypoxia (too little oxygen) and Hypercapnia (too much CO2) caused His heart to beat faster and faster, and Jesus developed Tachycardia.

32. Jesus’ heart beat faster and faster, and His pulse rate was probably about 220 beats/ minute, the maximum normally sustainable.

33. Jesus had drunk nothing for 15 hours, since 6 pm the previous evening.
Jesus had endured a scourging which nearly killed Him.

34. He was bleeding from all over His body following the Scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails in His wrists and feet, and the lacerations following His beatings and falls.

35. Jesus was already very dehydrated, and His blood pressure fell alarmingly.

36. His blood pressure was probably about 80/50.

37. He was in First Degree Shock, with Hypovolaemia (low blood volume), Tachycardia (excessively fast Heart Rate), Tachypnoea (excessively fast Respiratory Rate), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

38. By about noon Jesus’ heart probably began to fail.

39. Jesus’ lungs probably began to fill up with Pulmonary Oedema.

40. This only served to exacerbate His breathing, which was already severely compromised.

41. Jesus was in Heart Failure and Respiratory Failure.

42. Jesus said, “I thirst” because His body was crying out for fluids.

43. Jesus was in desperate need of an intravenous infusion of blood and plasma to save His life

44. Jesus could not breathe properly and was slowly suffocating to death.

45. At this stage Jesus probably developed a Haemopericardium.

46. Plasma and blood gathered in the space around His heart, called the Pericardium.

47. This fluid around His heart caused Cardiac Tamponade (fluid around His heart, which prevented Jesus’ heart from beating properly).

48. Because of the increasing physiological demands on Jesus’ heart, and the advanced state of Haemopericardium, Jesus probably eventually sustained Cardiac Rupture. His heart literally burst. This was probably the cause of His death.

49. To slow the process of death the soldiers put a small wooden seat on the Cross, which would allow Jesus the “privilege” of bearing His weight on his sacrum.

50. The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a Cross.

51. When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing the victim to suffocate in a matter of minutes. This was called Crucifragrum.

52. At three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus said, “Tetelastai,” meaning, “It is finished.”
At that moment, He gave up His Spirit, and He died.

53. When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of His body was broken, in fulfilment of prophecy (above).

54. Jesus died after six hours of the most excruciating and terrifying torture ever invented.

55. Jesus died so that ordinary people like you and me could be free

Do I Have to “Work” in Order to Believe?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2014 by troyanthonysmith

Last night I was invited to a service in which a prominent man of God was preaching.  But before the service began, I overheard two ladies behind me complaining about the rising costs of bills and how sickness was going around her workplace, and how she felt she was next to get sick.

In my mind, I wondered how could there be such a disparity in the lifestyles of believers? One man is used mightily around the world for God, and yet another is just trying get their bills paid?

The answer is that to become successful in the kingdom of God, it takes a lot of “work”. Working, or “works” is considered a dirty word in most Christian circles, so let me define this:

What is your “work” as a Christian?

Many will say, your “work” is to live holy, read the Bible, pray, fast, and give offerings. If this is your “work” then I’m sad to say, but you have missed it. If you are “working” to obtaining anything from God, then you are trying to do things in your own strength, and it simply will not work. Whether you are trying to receive healing, a financial breakthrough, or freedom from an addiction, you will fail in your own power. You need Jesus’ power to be successful.

So what type of work am I referring to?

Your work as a born again Christian is to believe.

Believe what?

Believe that Jesus did it all on the cross. Believe that when Jesus said “it is finished” he truly meant it.

Now most Christians will read this and automatically shrug it off and say, “Pastor Troy, I do believe…but what are we supposed to actually do?” That’s the problem right there, we are always trying to add something to the finished work of the cross.

Believing is not really that simple. From the time you entered kindergarten, to college, from your friends and family;literally all your life, your thinking has been framed a certain way: opposite of the Word of God. Every time you turn on the television, it is programmed to “program” your thinking. According to the New York Times, the average American watched 34 hours of television per week in 2012.

A few days ago I posted a video on Facebook of NBA player Kevin Durant giving a testimony of his success over a 12 game shooting streak. The way he has been playing was phenomenal. After one of the games, the reporter asked him, “What goes into getting you to the level that you have been playing at the last few games?”

“It’s all God. Jesus Christ” He replied.

Baffled, the reporter asked again, “So you had nothing to do with it?”

Durant replied, “No, it’s all Him”

I think very few people truly understood how a powerful a statement he was saying. It was prophetic as to how we need to be as Christians (even if he probably didn’t mean it that way). Jesus did it all. We have nothing to do with it. All we have to is to believe it

I would be lying if I said that this is not actual work. It is not just going to happen automatically. You must actively de-program your thinking against what the world says. You must give it all to God, and truly believe every word He says to be true. You must believe that God is good, that He loves you unconditionally. And while you are renewing your mind to believe in Him, the enemy’s job is to constantly place things in your direction to get you not to believe. The doctor’s report, the nightly news, the financial advisor…anything

Hebrews 4:11 says that we must labor to enter into His rest. Our labor is to do everything in our power to believe; then we can enter His rest.

What does this “work” look like? You might have to unplug the TV. You might have to disassociate with certain people. You might have to resist what your 5 senses are telling you. You might have to confess a scripture 50 times out loud until you can believe it. Scream it if you have to. The goal is to get it in your heart where it literally becomes you. Once your heart and your mind line up, you will be a powerful force for the kingdom of God. This type of believing always leads to a corresponding action. Then prayer, fasting, and giving flow out of a place of already believing. Not working to get God to do something. He already did something–He sent His Son.

This is why very few people live like Jesus lived. This is why the ladies behind me in the church service I went to last night, lived the way they lived; and were subject to the conditions of the world. Because they failed to “work” so that they might believe

Focus all of your work, all of your energy, all of your time, into believing. Believing that Jesus accomplished what He set out to do!