We are now in the season of Lent. For the uninitiated, it is the period of 40 days before Easter Sunday, minus the Sundays. Thought it would be a good time to remember Jesus’ crucifixion. This article on Jesus’ suffering and cruxifixion, which I first read many years ago, is written with a medical perspective. The details are flinching but the accounts portrays the reality of the passion of Christ.
Will just include the first paragraphs. You can read the whole article here.
The following is a transcription of a talk given by Keith Maxwell, a medical doctor in Asheville, N.C. This talk is approached from the perspective of how a physician would assess the injuries of Jesus if he were there to see the actual physical trauma he experienced. Dr. Maxwell speaks plainly, with as little medical jargon as possible. His development of this topic began to evolve one night when Dr. Maxwell, in the emergency room, thought to himself, “If they brought the Lord in here, exactly what would his physical injuries be like?”
He hopes through this talk to reveal some things that will make us meditate on the actual suffering Jesus experienced in the last hours of his life. In the notes that follow are his conclusions about the death of Jesus based on his research, experience as a trauma physician and his understanding of scripture.
“You may or may not have thought of some of the things I’ll point out to you tonight, but I hope I can share some things with you that will make the life and death of our Savior a little bit more precious.
By the time he was crucified, Jesus had been up about thirty-six hours without any sleep. We know from biblical accounts that Jesus was an early riser. There are several places in the gospels where he arose early and went and prayed. We have no reason to believe that he did anything other than that the day he had his last meal with his disciples. He likely arose early that morning, spent his day, and subsequently had dinner with the disciples that night – the last supper in the upper room. He was then taken prisoner in the garden of Gethsemane, was led all about the old city of Jerusalem and was tried at least twice. The next day at about daybreak he was actually hung on the cross, and hung there throughout that day. Between the time he arose and the time he actually died on the cross, a period of about thirty-six hours had passed, with no sleep or rest. […]