I’ve often wondered why it is that most sculptures and paintings of the crucified Christ inaccurately depict His physical appearance after He was scourged, carried His Cross (or a wooden beam), and was nailed to it. Of course, anyone can invoke artistic license, but if you look closely, Christ is commonly seen with unblemished skin, with no traces of the horrible whipping He suffered at the hands of His torturers, and the wounds and lacerations resulting from His bloody crucifixion.

Let’s start with His prayerful Agony in the Garden before He was taken into custody by the Roman guards. Medical experts say Christ had already undergone stress so severe that His tiny blood vessels were rupturing into His sweat glands. This was probably why St. Luke wrote that “…his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44).

Horrific Scourging

Praise the Lord

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