In explaining my interpretation of Jesus’ story in a comment thread in another blog, I was being challenged about how Jesus could possibly have survived Roman-style crucifixion. I had to brush up on that knowledge and was led to a Christian’s blog that goes into more detail about what is actually known about crucifixion. Ironically, the author is certain that Jesus died on the cross, but presents an interesting piece of evidence that actually gives hope to the theory of his crucifix survival.
The key point? It was likely people from the poor class who actually performed the crucifixions.
Some historian by the name of Josephus apparently shared this information. Apparently he also shared evidence that short-term crucifixion isn’t necessarily fatal.
Link to the blog post: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.ca/2012/01/jesus-crucifixion-roman-crucifixion.html
Anyways, Jesus cared for the poor class. If the poor class was caring for him, surely they would be aware of what he had been doing, they would certainly find ways to improve Jesus’ situation, if not save him altogether. Of course they would still have to perform their duties through the crucifixion, but if it was their regular job, I’d bet they knew what would look punishing but actually not be as damaging. Chances are Jesus was aware of this too which is why he had faith that he could survive crucifixion.
And from the account in the Bible, survive he did, walking among the apostles wounds and all.