– by Mark Altrogge –
I cannot possibly fathom the physical pain Jesus endured before and during his crucifixion.
Before he was crucified, Jesus was scourged. Romans would strip a man of his clothing, and flog his back, buttocks and legs. A Roman soldier would have used a flagellum, a whip of several strands, perhaps 3 feet long, and each strand would have jagged pieces of lead and/or sheep bone in them to rip open the flesh. Romans were not limited by the Jewish law of 39 strokes so the Roman soldiers probably would have struck Jesus far more times. Often people would faint or die during Roman scourging.
And the Roman soldiers didn’t just flog Jesus. They added a crown of thorns:
...and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. Matthew 27:29-30
Whatever plant the soldiers made the crown from must have had sharp barbs and spines which cut into Jesus head. And they didn’t set this “crown” lightly on Jesus head, but whacked him on top of it with the “reed,” the mock scepter they had put in his hand, “whereby they drove the sharp points of the thorns into (his head), which must (have given) him inexpressible pain and torture.” – Gill
When Jesus finally arrived on Golgotha, the soldiers laid him on the cross, then drove heavy metal nails through his wrists, according to many sources, and a spike through his feet. One source said the soldiers would have turned his feet outward so the nail could be driven through the Achilles tendons (All About Jesus Christ.org).
When hanging on a cross, it was difficult to breathe, so that one would push himself up at first, putting all his weight on his feet, gasp a breath or two, then because of the excruciating pain in his feet lower himself down, putting all his weight on the nails in his wrists. So for 6 hours, Jesus pushed himself up, gasped for breath, then dropped back down for a minute or two, unimaginable pain in his wrists and arms, then pushed himself up again. Over and over.
I cannot fathom the physical pain Jesus endured. But this was not the worst thing Jesus endured. crusifiction