There was darkness over all the land

Wisdomforlife

sun.earthExcruciating!

Have you ever used this word?  It usually describes pain, very bad pain.

The word literally means “out of crucifying.”

This is not too surprising when we realize that crucifixion was one of the most excruciatingly painful ways to die. Gradual torture to the point of death was the goal. People could live for days after being nailed to a cross.

Crucifixion was also intended to stigmatize its victim in a way to warn others about the outcome of criminal behavior.

Victims of crucifixion were meant to be humiliated. They were often hung completely naked on the cross. In Jewish thinking, it was understood as a curse, even a curse from God (Galatians 3:13; 5:11).

Jesus had been on the cross from approximately 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 PM, a total of six hours. His final three hours on the cross went from the sixth hour (noon) until the…

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