posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 09:04 AM
Since it was the day of Preparation (* «Erev Pesach», See below), and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on
the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the
soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was
already dead (Gr. θνῄσκω «Thenesko»), they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a
spear (Gr. λόγχη «Logché» lit. 'spearhead'), and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw (Gr.
ὁράω Lit. to see or fig. to imagine, think or believe) it has borne witness (Gr. μαρτυρέω «Martureo» this word later
became the Eng. word Martyr) —his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things
took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on
him whom they have pierced.” [ESV] John 19:31-37 (emphasis and most parentheses mine)
(*) «Day of Preparation», or «Erev Pesach», is the Day before the first day of Passover. The first day of Passover is the most sacred Sabbath of
the Hebrew year and can fall on any day of the week, since the Hebrews followed the Lunar calendar which was adjusted to the Solar one regularly
according to an elaborate system of leap years.
When the soldiers came and «saw» (Gr. ὁράω) that Jesus was already «dead» (Gr. θνῄσκω), remember two things 1, that the word Gr.
ὁράω (to see) also means to believe or to think, and 2, that the word used for dead here, Gr. θνῄσκω, is only used in the Gospel when
relating to someone who later comes back to life, so we can assume Gr. θνῄσκω when used in NT refers to unconsciousness, not death as such. The
text also shows how bearing witness about Jesus was punished with death, since the word Gr. μαρτυρέω «Martureo» basically means martyr, and
the martyr in question is a Roman soldier, traditionally named 'Longinus Panthera' which means «The Lion with the Spear» in Latin. He received
court martial and was executed for having let a person survive the crucifixion.
Jesus was pierced with a Gr. λόγχη «Logché» which means spearhead and not a lance or a complete spear with a cane or stick attached to it,
Herodotus clearly shows that logché means spearhead, and as far as I know, NT is the only place where it is translated lance, and not just the point
of it, in other words, Jesus must have been either lying on the ground or somehow be situated relatively close to the ground. This adds to my theory
that the piercing of Jesus' chest was made with trained precision, and the marginalia explains how the one who testified was martyred.
The text says the soldier possibly merely believed Jesus was dead, and that Jesus was pierced while being close to the ground, probably already
taken down, which speaks volumes of how this was possibly done up close with precision, and also, every single time the word used for Dead in the text
is only used elsewhere in NT for people who are unconscious and come back to life, so it's safe to assess that Jesus was merely unconscious and
breathless. The text also reveals that the soldier extracted water and blood from Jesus' chest, which is a rather obvious sign that Jesus was
suffering from a collapsed lung and that the cut allowed for (but possibly not deliberately), equalisation of the air-pressure inside the chest which
is vital for breathing, and also for extraction of hemothorax, blood and condensed water that gathers inside the sort of «bag» that encapsulates the
lungs and is central in the «pneumatic» mechanism that allows for breathing.
Also in the Nicene Creed Jesus' supposed death isn't even mentioned, only that he was crucified and brought to a tomb. This shows the subject was
controversial up to and following the Nicene Council.
Jesus was as good as dead, he was pronounced dead by a soldier who merely saw and imagined Jesus was dead, or the death here is relating to how Jesus
had been a member of John the Baptist's movement, together with thousands of soldiers who had gone through the necromantic ritual of Baptism. John
would have the power to kill, so you would be ruled Dead from Original Sin, but then hopefully forgiven by John the Baptist, and not drowned, but
pardoned half way into the act.
Jesus may have been dead to the soldiers at Calvary, but he was evidently not dead enough, since he would live to tell the story to Rosemary disguised
as a gardener three days later.