With today being Good Friday, I decided to wait until next week to dive into the Human Body Series.

Today is the day we celebrate Jesus on the Cross.  It is the day that He physically was tortured and suffered on our behalf.  I hope and pray you realize the significance of this day and Sunday, the day we celebrate His resurrection from the dead.

To help you get a better idea of what Christ endured on this day nearly 2000 years ago, I highly recommend the book below as it examines the suffering and pain and humiliation that Christ endured.

Died He For Me: A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

As a Christian physician, I have not only marveled at the spiritual ramifications of Christs death, but also the physical and physiological aspects. To present this, I have compiled a succinct overview of Jesus death from a physical and medical perspective that I hope both lay and medical people can appreciate and understand. Mark A. Marinella, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Paperback, 125 Pages

“The death of Jesus for our sins is the heart of the Christian faith. What does a physician have to say about that death? Thats the subject of this important new book, examining the medical evidence from the Biblical texts. Particularly intriguing are the details of the death of Jesus as found in the Old Testament, written hundreds of years before the actual event.” Jerry Newcombe, D. Min. (TV Producer, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Co-author of numerous books with D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., including Christs Passion: The Power and the Promise)

“It takes a physician to pronounce a man dead. It takes a student to research how and why a man dies. Mark is both! As a physician of medicine and a student of the Bible, Mark has not only discovered that a man died, he has also learned why He died. The manJesus!
The reasonwe need a Savior!” David K. Smith, d.d. (Christian & Missionary Alliance Board and Senior Pastor, Fairhaven Church, Dayton, Ohio)
“In this complete treatment of the crucifixion and the suffering associated with this kind of punishment, Dr. Marinella reminds us of mans inhumanity to man and Gods great love for us to accept this form of death to provide such a great salvation.” Jonathan M. Saxe, M.D., (F.A.C.S., Professor of Surgery, Director of Trauma Research, Wright State University, Candidate Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia)

Dr. Marinellas bedside manner displays his depth of scientific understanding, but also his compassion. His study of the Cross will deepen your faith. Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., M.A. (Ethics) Professor of Biology, Director, Center for Bioethics, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

Died He for Me: A Physicians View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, by Mark A. Marinella, MD, FACP.
Review posted at Brandywine Books by Lars Walker, published author, December 30, 2008.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the central matters of the Faith. For the Christian who wants to understand more clearly what the process of crucifixion entailed, Died He for Me is an excellent guide. Marinella blends historical research on Roman crucifixion practices, with his own physicians knowledge of trauma and the bodys responses to it. This necessarily involves some speculation, but Marinella clearly labels his personal judgments as such. . . .

Though its one of the divine mysteries, it must be said that the physical horrors of crucifixion were the least of Christs sufferings. We believe that Christ bore the blast of Gods anger itself, setting His body like a shield between us and the fire of Hell. Such suffering is beyond description. But what we can know is enough to sober our minds and turn us to humility and repentance. I recommend Died He for Me for pastors, and for adults who are looking for a serious, scientific, non-sensationalist examination of the crucifixion of Christ.

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