The Cross Essay 3 - Nisley, 1 Libby Nisley Professor Meyers...

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Nisley, 1 Libby Nisley Professor Meyers Composition 101 23 Oct. 2005 The Monumental Death of My Best Friend My best friend’s death was the most monumental, influential event in my life, and in the lives of many others. His death and the Christian influence his death caused have molded the way people view politics, morality, science, and art (Woodward 1). His death holds a story of torture, but like every good story there is a happy ending; one of love, grace, and forgiveness that was manifested to the human race. The profound meaning of Jesus’ death encompasses far more than a regular death, but it holds the salvation of all Christians; the wrath of God erased by Jesus’ blood. Full comprehension of Jesus’ death on the cross can only be explored by understanding his crucifixion and the effect it has had on the lives of the world. Dr. Truman describes crucifixion as, “torture and execution by fixation to a cross” (1). There were many different kinds of crosses back in history, but the most common kind used in Jesus day was the Tau cross, which is shaped like the letter t. “There is archeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified” (Truman 1). There are other aspects besides the kind of cross used that are pertinent to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ; let’s first explore the procedure of crucifixion itself. “Crucifixion was a barbaric form of execution. The victim usually did not give way to heart failure for two or three days” (Palumbo). This left a lot of time for suffering, making this a very brutal form of death. The pain that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross means more to me
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Nisley, 2 than any other monument could ever begin to suggest. Jesus death was by far more brutal than a usual crucifixion, making this experience exceedingly monumental. The place where Jesus death began was the Garden of Gethsemane. This is where one of the most unbelievable occurrences takes place out of Christ’s whole death process; he sweats blood. St. Luke, being a physician mentions this in his book of the gospels saying “And being in Agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground” (Truman 2). So, before he was even beaten, he was in so much agony he sweated blood. He knew of the great price that he himself was going to have to pay; leaving him in turmoil. During the night, Jesus was taken before the high priest. This is where Jesus suffered his first physical blows. While the Priest questioned Jesus a soldier beat him across the face. Next, the palace guards taunted him and spat upon and struck his face (Truman 2). The next morning Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate. A mob had gathered there, and was asking for Jesus to be scourged and crucified. So, in preparation for the scourging, Jesus was stripped of his clothing and his hands were tied to a post above his head. Then the scourging began as follows according to Truman, “The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum
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