Daily Devotional Overview:
Have you ever heard Scripture’s truths but wondered where to find those truths in the Scriptures? Or have you ever wondered where to find evidence for belief in God in the Bible? You’re not alone. This 7-day devotional explores Jesus’ claims, his deity, and offers thoughts demonstrating that he is the Messiah by Lee Strobel, a former atheist. Devotional thoughts are drawn from Lee’s own experiences and feature a journalistic style from his days as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. This plan is perfect for those engaged in a thorough search for the truth to decide if Jesus was who he claimed to be.
Did Jesus Really Die On the Cross?
Since Jesus’ death is central to the Christian message, is there any way — any possible way — that he could have survived the crucifixion?
“Absolutely not,” replies Dr. Alexander Metherell, who is both a medical doctor and a crucifixion expert.
“Remember that due to his flogging he was already in hypovolemic shock from the massive blood loss even before the crucifixion started. He couldn’t possibly have faked his death, because you can’t fake the inability to breathe for long. [Crucifixion is essentially an agonizingly slow death by suffocation due to the stresses that are put on the victim’s chest muscles and hence his ability to breathe.] Besides, the spear thrust into his heart [see John 19:34] would have settled the issue once and for all. And the Roman soldiers weren’t about to risk their own death by allowing him to walk away alive. It’s impossible that Jesus merely swooned on the cross. It’s a fanciful theory without any possible basis in fact.”
— Adapted from interview with Dr. Alexander Metherell
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