Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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  • Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction



  • CHAPTER 10

    SYMPATHY FOR JESUS

     

    God
    works in a mysterious way. He inspires the soldiers to think that the
    victim is "dead already" so as not to break his legs, but at the same
    time inspires another to lance him on the side
    1 with a
    spear, and . . .

     

    ".
    . . FORTHWITH came there out blood and watery."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) John
    19:34

     

    It is a
    Blessing of God that when the human body cannot endure further pain or
    agony, unconsciousness supervenes. But immobility, fatigue and the
    un-natural stance on the cross
    2 must have slowed down the blood-circulation. The lancing
    came to the rescue. By "blood-letting", the circulation could regain
    its rhythm. We are assured in the Encyclopedia Biblica, under article
    "cross," column 960, that "Jesus was alive when the spear was thrust".
    This also confirms the statement of John that the flow of "water and
    blood" was instantaneous. In his own words he says: "FORTHWITH" —
    stralght-away, immediately, which was a sure sign that Jesus was ALIVE!

    But why
    the "Water and the Blood"? Dr. W.B. Primrose, a Senior Anaesthetist of
    the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, gave his expert opinion: In the "Thinkers
    Digest"
    , London, Winter 1949 issue, he said that "THE WATER WAS A
    RESULT OF THE NERVOUS UPSET OF THE BLOOD VESSELS LOCALLY DUE TO THE
    OVER-STIMULATING EFFECT OF THE SCOURGING BY STAVES". This may be an
    extreme case, but so was his sweating, like "great drops of blood,
    falling down to the ground"
    , when Jesus was in agony in the Garden
    of Gethsemane. Medical authorities also confirm the latter phenomenon.

     

    1. The "side" of his body and not the front.

     

    2. See at the end of this book for illustration reproduced from
    "A Campus Crusade" publication where a "born-again" cultist
    after 1000 hours study of the cruci-FICTlON is inspired to draw that
    caricature of Jesus.

     

    EVANGELISTS DIFFER

     

    The
    Gospel-writers are not unanimous regarding the time when Jesus was
    hoisted onto the cross. But John tells us that Jesus (pbuh) was still
    before Pilate in the praeto-rium at 12 noon: ".
    . . and about the sixth hour
    (Hebrew time), he saith unto
    the Jews, Behold, your King!"
    (John
    19:14)
    .
    And after
    much wrangling he was handed over for crucifixion. Imagine the
    disorderly mob, the heavy cross which Jesus himself is supposed to have
    been loaded with. The long climb to Gol’gotha could never have been
    accomplished in minutes. And the saddling, the tying and the lifting
    must have taken some time. On TV shots, they can do it all in 30
    seconds! But we know that in real life it does not happen that fast.
    The author of John's Gospel failed to record the time when "Jesus
    gave up the ghost"
    (John 19:30), but the synoptists seem to be agreed that it was
    around the "ninth hour", meaning 3 p.m.

    Dean
    Farrar, in his "Life of Christ", says on page 421, that "JESUS
    WAS ON THE CROSS FOR ONLY THREE HOURS — WHEN TAKEN DOWN".

     

    PONTIUS PILATE MARVELS

     

    We are
    told in the Gospels, in varying terms, that between the "sixth" and the
    "ninth" hours, there was THUNDER, an ECLIPSE and an EARTHQUAKE! —
    Without purpose? No, to disperse the sadistic mob after their enjoyment
    of a Roman holiday. To enable the hands of mercy, his "secret" and
    faithful disciples, to come to his succour.

    Joseph
    of Arimathe'a together with a sympathetic Roman centurion who had
    declared: "Truly this man was the Son of God"
    (Mark
    15:39)
    , went to Pilate to claim the body of
    Jesus, and:

     

    "Pilate
    marvelled if he were already dead, and to him the centurion, he
    asked him whether he had
    been any while dead."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) Mark
    15:44

     

    What was
    the reason for Pilate's amazement? Why did he marvel? He knew from
    experience that normally no man would die within 3 hours on the cross,
    unless the "crurifragium" was resorted to, which was not done
    in the case of Jesus; unlike in that of his "crossmates", who were
    given the treatment because they were still ALIVE!

     

    REASON FOR MARVELLING

     

    It
    stands to reason, that if a man faces a firing squad, and shots are
    fired into his body, and he dies, there would be nothing to "marvel"
    about. If a person is taken to the gallows and is hanged, and he dies,
    there is nothing to "marvel" about. But should they survive, after our
    common knowledge expects them to die, then there is much to MARVEL
    about. Conversely, Pilate expects that Jesus should be ALIVE on the
    cross, and not dead as he is being told, therefore his marvelling is
    only but natural. He had no special reason for verifying whether Jesus
    was dead or alive. If he was ALIVE — so what? Had he not found Jesus
    innocent of the charges levelled against him by the Jews? Did his wife
    not warn him against doing any harm to "that just man"? Was he not
    blackmailed into surrendering to Jewish clamour? So if Jesus was alive
    — Good Luck to him. Pilate grants permission for Joseph to have the
    body.

     

    SO HE HAD "SECRET" DISCIPLES

     

    The
    so-called disciples of Jesus, whom he called "my mother and
    brethren!"
    1 (in preference to his own mother
    and his uterinal brothers and sisters), were nowhere in sight when he
    was most in need. His "secret" disciples, Joseph of Arimathe'a and
    Nicodemus, would never have been heard of had it not been for Jesus'
    ordeal. And they were the only persons to handle the body of Jesus,
    with Mary Magdalene and the other Mary(s)

    2
    as the only spectators.

    To
    satisfy the religious scruples of the Jews — the burial bath, the
    anointing and the shrouding — would well-nigh have taken more than two
    hours. If there were any signs of life in the limp body, no one was
    foolish enough to shout to the retreating curiosity mongers: "He is
    ALIVE! He is ALIVE! They knew that the Jews would then make doubly sure
    that that life was snuffed out.

     

    1. Matthew 12:49.

     

    2. Mark 15:47.

     

     

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