Insights through Illusion for Daily Living

Did Jesus Merely Pass out on the Cross Part 2

Swoon? Really?

A few weeks ago, I posted HERE about the “theories” about the empty tomb of Jesus.  Skeptics will go to great lengths to deny the resurrection of Jesus and fill His empty tomb with a more “naturalistic” explanation.

They mock the word “faith” but it takes more faith to believe some of these theories than it does to believe the truth.  This idea is reflected in our culture.  We cash in on what we know to be true for something we know to be a lie.

The following is an excerpt from “A Study on the Physical Death of Jesus Christ”, an article from The JAMA by William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI

“With arms outstretched but not taut, the wrists were nailed to the patibulum.5, 6…Accordingly, the iron spikes probably were driven between the radius and the carpals or between the two rows of carpal bones, 3, 6, 10, 11 either proximal to or through the strong band like flexor retinaeulum and the various interearpal ligaments. Although a nail in either location in the wrist might pass between the bony elements and thereby produce no fractures, the likelihood of painful periosteal injury would seem great. Furthermore, the driven nail would crush or sever the rather large sensorimotor median nerve.3, 5, 6 The stimulated nerve would produce excruciating bolts of fiery pain in both arms.5, 12 Although the severed median nerve would result in paralysis of a portion of the hand, isehemie eontraetures and impalement of various ligaments by the iron spike might produce a claw like grasp.
Most commonly, the feet were fixed to the front of the stipes by means of an iron spike driven through the first or second inter metatarsal space, just distal to the tarsometatarsal joint.1, 3, 6, 11, 13 It is likely that the deep peroneal nerve and branches of the medial and lateral plantar nerves would have been injured by the nails…

Pain

I wanted to start this installment with the painful picture of what the nails driven into Jesus’ wrists and feet would have caused Him.
One of the theories about Jesus’ empty tomb (other than that He actually rose from the dead) is what’s called the “Swoon Theory.”  This is basically the idea that Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, but merely passed out. Theorists go on to  say that He would have survived the burial and escaped.  Besides the incredible amount of faith in skepticism it takes to even entertain such a theory, this is more than grasping at straws.
The idea that Jesus was able to move at all much less walk in the tomb and push a stone that the Gospel’s record to be heavier than 14 men’s strength. Jesus would have to make use of useless hands and feet to escape and appear to His disciples.

Real Encounter

People don’t encounter the risen savior and walk away unchanged.  When you encounter Jesus Christ, the change is something so intense, that it causes even the most hardened of people to change direction 180 degrees. Look at Paul.  He went from killing and persecuting Christians to being the greatest evangelist and missionary of all time.  The risen savior changes lives for the simple fact that He is risen, not faked.  He is alive, not dead.  He didn’t pass out, but rose.
The early church’s spreading can only be attributed to an actual bodily resurrection.  Had Jesus still been in the grave it could never have spread to where it is now.  Had Jesus merely passed out and stumbled His way into Jerusalem, there is no way that we would view Him in the way that we do.  Jesus rose from the dead, and is alive today.

How has Jesus changed your life?

In what ways can you communicate His resurrection?

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