SYMPATHY FOR JESUS
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 side1 with a
spear, and . . .
. . FORTHWITH came there out blood and watery."
(HOLY BIBLE) John
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 cross2 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
marvelled if he were already dead, and to him the centurion, he
asked him whether he had been any while dead."
(HOLY BIBLE) Mark
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
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
SO HE HAD "SECRET" DISCIPLES
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.
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.