Here is an issue I have with both the idea that Jesus was God and the idea that Jesus is fictional. In either case, why wouldn’t Jesus be kept on the cross long enough to ensure he was dead without any doubt? Why didn’t they break his legs anyways like they did to those he was crucified along side of? I find this to be suspicious, and it fits well with the idea in my previous post that he was shown mercy by his handlers as they were likely from the poor class that Jesus was known to help.
Here’s a link to a PDF file describing the length of time Jesus was on the cross, complete with Biblical references: http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/WhatTimeCrucified.pdf
And yes, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is stabbed to ensure he is dead. I’d bet that whoever jabbed him had a knowledge from prior experience of different areas to stab that produce different results. If this occurred and he was in on the plot to save Jesus, he may have selected his stab location carefully in order to achieve maximum visual effect but minimal damage to Jesus.
Of course, this is just a theory.