“His Sweat Became Like Great Drops of Blood”
The physician Luke recorded in his gospel that Jesus, “being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (ch. 22:44). Jesus experienced Hematidrosis while praying in the garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion.
Hematidrosis is also known as hematidrosis, hemidrosis, and hematidrosis. This is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood. This state takes place only under extreme conditions of physical or emotional stress.
Matthew stated that Jesus experienced extreme mental anguish and He expressed it saying, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” (Matthew 26:38 also Mark 14:34). It is impossible for people to comprehend the profound sorrow and the overwhelming grief that Jesus had as He was fighting the battle with the forces of darkness.
This anguish was the result of Jesus bearing the weight of the sins of the world (Luke 22:43). Because of sin, the Son of God felt separation from the Father. For God declared, “your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
As Jesus was feeling abandonment from God because of our sins, He cried to God while hanging on the cross, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1). But He held on to God by faith breathing his last breath when He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). This spiritual suffering of being detached from His Father literally broke His heart and caused His death (Luke 23:45).
Thus, Christ did not die from exhaustion, the beatings, or the 6 hours of crucifixion, but rather, He died from the mental agony as He bore the heavy weight of sin and experienced separation from His loving Father (Matthew 27:46). All this caused His heart to rupture. Christ died of a broken heart.
And the evidence for that comes from what happened when the Roman soldier pierced His left side. The spear released a flow of blood and water (John 19:34). Not only does this prove that Christ was already dead when pierced, but it is also evidence of a cardiac rupture. The respected physiologist Samuel Houghton believes that only the combination of crucifixion and rupture of the heart could produce this result.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
In His service,