Consider (“Think Well On’t; or Reflections on the Great Truths,” 1736)

Consider, fifthly, how the cross lying flat on the ground, they lay our dear Redeemer stretched out upon it, who like a meek lamb makes no resistance. And first drawing his right hand to the place designed to fix it on, they drive with their hammers a sharp gross nail through the palm of his hand, forcing its way with incredible torment through the sinews, veins, muscles and bones, of which the hand is composed, into the hard wood of the cross. In the meantime the whole body, to favor that wound and the pierced sinews, was naturally drawn towards the right side, but was no long permitted to remain so; for immediately these cruel butchers laying hold of his other arm, and hand, violently drag him towards the left side, in order to nail that hand also to the place designed for it. Then pulling down his legs, they fasten his sacred feet in like manner with nails to the wood. And all this with such violent cruelty, that ‘tis thought with stretching and pulling they very much strained his whole body, and disjointed it in many parts, according to that of the royal prophet: “They have dug my hands and feet; they have numbered all my bones,” Psalm 21.

Think Well On’t; or Reflections on the Great Truths, 1736

September 15, 2014