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About the Hisotrical Figure, Jesus Christ
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Jesus' Crucifixion

His Last Hours 

After the scourging and the mocking, the Roman guards put Jesus' clothes back on Him and led Him and two thieves to be crucified. Jesus was apparently weakened by the severe floggin to the extent that He was unable to carry the patibulum (part of the cross) from the Praetorium to the site of crucifixion, which was about 600-650 metres away. A man named Simon was summoned by the soilders to help carry Jesus' cross.
At Calvary, an established crucifixion site, Jesus' clothes were again removed. He refused to take the drink of wine that was mixed wth myrrh offered to Him. Finally, Jesus, along with the two other thieves were crucified. The titulus was attached above Jesus' head. The soldiers and the crowd taunted Jesus throughout the crucifixion ordeal, the soilders even east lots for His clothing.
Christ did speak while hanging on the cross. Since speech occurs during exhalation, it must have been particularly difficult and painful. Then on Friday, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, bowed His head,and died.
As they did not wish to let the body remain on the cross after sunset, the beginning of the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to order erueifraeture (breaking the legs) to hasten death. The soldiers broke the legs of the two thieves but did not break Jesus' because He was already dead. One of the soilders pierced His side, probably with a spear, producing a sudden flow of blood and water. Later that day, Jesus' body was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb.

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