Monday, April 12, 2010

Take 60 Seconds

Received in Email

If you don't have 60 seconds, take a minute to read this and think about it.

H/T Norm Sutherland
the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever
you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan
can stop this.

 At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even  more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet. 

Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.

 The nails were driven into His wrist.  Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.  The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breath.  
 Both of His feet were nailed together.  Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross.  Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain
so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath.  

Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. 

Jesus endured this
reality for over 3 hours.

 Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?  
A few minutes before He died,
Jesus stopped bleeding. 

He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side.  
But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body.  
A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped
and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a
Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.   

before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten.  

The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body.  
The beating so horrific that His
face was torn and his beard ripped from His face.  

The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.  
Most men would not have survived this torture. 

 He had no more blood
to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.
The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters
(just less than a gallon) of blood.

 Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; 
He had three nails hammered into His members; 
a crown of  thorns on His head, 
and beyond that, 
a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.

 All these without
mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own
cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his
face and threw stones (the cross weighed almost 30 kg,
only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed).

 Jesus had to endure this experience, 
so that you can have 
free access to God.

So that your sins could be "washed" away. 
All of them, with no exception!

Please, don't ignore this.


For you, who now read this. 
Do not believe that He only died for
others (those who go to church or for pastors, bishops, etc).

He died for you! 
It is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos  by e-mail, but
when it comes to God, 
sometimes we feel ashamed to forward things to others 
because we are worried about what they may think
about us.

 Accept the reality, 
the truth that 

God has plans for you.   
Show others what He experienced to save you. 
Now think about it! 
May God bless your life!

If you are not ashamed to do this, please, 
follow Jesus' instructions.
He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): "Everyone therefore
who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge
before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me
before others,  I also will deny before My
Father in heaven".

Yes, I love God. 
He is my source of life and my Savior. 
He keeps me alive day and night.

Without Him, I am nothing, 
but with Him "I can do all things through Him
who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13.


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