While in the garden of Gethsemane , on the night of his betrayal, Jesus was in fervent prayer to Father God in His distress with what He was going to endure soon. He was so overwhelmed he was sweating drops of blood. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ( Luke 22:44-45)
Hematohidrosis also known as Hematidrosis, hemidrosis and hematidrosis, is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. ( Jerajani, H. R., Jaju, B., Phiske, M. M., & Lade, N. , 2009 ). It is understandable , considering Jesus knew what was going to happen to him and that crucifixion was no simple way to die. Actually the word “excruciating” means from the cross or out of the cross, that the pain is likened to be so unbearable it is like being crucified.
The gardens was a place that the disciples frequently visit hence it was also easy for Judas Iscariot to have located them on the night of the arrest. The gardens had a olive mill that crushed olives to make oil. Now, this is signifcant to Jesus going there to crush his desires to be made into new oil to be submitted to the hard crushing. For he said not my will but yours be done. If we could read the scriptures for awhile.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”( Luke 22:42 NIV). Eventually, submitting to the Father’s will, Jesus awaited Judas.
Some History about crucifixion
Yes, crucifixion was no fable tale. The romans did carry out crucifixion on slaves, criminals and runaway soldiers, political enemies , however this punishment was not extended to its own citizens unless you are ( herm, herm political conspirator / enemy of Rome). The romans too felt that it was too gruesome that such a capital punishment should be done within the walls of a town and thus this usually happens outside the walls. It was considered one of the most extreme ways of dying with much humilation and degrading and the main aim of crucifiying is to get much bloodshed from the condemned person that was sentenced to die in such a merciless way. However, there was series of punishments that Jesus had to endure before he eventually made his way to Golgatha (Calvary). Jesus came to fulfill His plan on earth to demonstrate God’s love and his sufferings were no means just a process of his sentencing.
Matthew 27:33: “And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha , that is to say, a place of a skull ” (KJV). There is no need for anyone to explain that a skull is synonymous with death. We can only imagine the number of people that lost their lives in such a desolate place to have been given such a name.
What’s the significance?
Scourging – Healing
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53: 4-6
Jesus was ordered by Pilate (so as to appease the crowd because he found Him to have no faults John 18:38 ) to be flogged and he was for 39 times. Mind you, this was no ordinary whips that were used. These whips had sharp pieces of bones or metals at the end. (David Guzik, 2018).
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
Isaiah 52: 14 KJV
It is an astonishing proclamation of love that supersedes any rational thinking of my mind when I think about it because frankly speaking, I do not comprehend it.
And yet, for all that, something fundamental had indeed changed. That the Son of God, born of a woman, and sentenced to the death of a slave, had perished unrecognized by his judges, was a reflection fit to give pause to even the haughtiest monarch. This awareness, enshrined as it was in the very heart of medieval Christianity, could not help but lodge in its consciousness a visceral and momentous suspicion: that God was closer to the weak than to the mighty, to the poor than to the rich. Any beggar, any criminal, might be Christ. “So the last will be first, and the first last.”Tom Holland , Oct 29, 2019
Jerajani, H. R., Jaju, B., Phiske, M. M., & Lade, N. (2009). Hematohidrosis – a rare clinical phenomenon. Indian journal of dermatology, 54(3), 290–292. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5154.55645