Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course...it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige".
The audience knows The Truth.
The World is simple, miserable, solid all the way through.
But if you can fool them, even for a second... then you can make them wonder.
And you get to see something very special. ...
You really don't know. ...
It was the look on their faces.
Pilate marvelled if he were already dead...
Death by Crucifiction typically took around 3-4 days, minimum;
Due to the Passover Holiday falling on the Sabbath, the longest Christ could have remained on the cross at Golgotha was 3-4 hrs before being taken down (by Joseph of Aramethia and his women) and placed in a prepared tomb (which was somebody else's), where he would lay undisturbed - to recover - for up to 3 days prior to burial.
Live in imitation of Christ - Commit PSEUDOCIDE.
Why would they not even bother to break his legs...?
DEATH BY CRUCIFIXION:
HASTENED by the breaking of the legs, so that the victim could not push up to take a good breath.
John 19:32-33: The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs."
If we to find the actual specifics of what really was said to have occurred in connection with the Crucifiction by working directly from the facts as related by the canonic gospels, it's quite apparent that whatever measure of agony and torment he was forced to endure, simply experiencing that alone wouldn't possibly have been cause enough for him to really be dead from what he went through over the span of a single Friday.
The Gospels are clear on this - Christ suffered on the cross for, at most, seven or nine hours, and had been taken down (dead), and ritually washed, cleaned, wrapped and buried in a borrowed tomb before sunset, due to the Sabbath commencing that night.
Death by the Roman method of Crucifiction was generally reckoned to occur usually around the fifth or six day, although survival for an entire week was not uncommon for strong and robust individuals to endure.
Hence the customary breaking of the legs to hasten death and ease the suffering of the condemned by their relatives, as an act of mercy.
Not desirable for those who still expected to have need of the ability to walk in the future, however.
He wasn't even in Roman custody until early Friday morning, and went through at least two trials and three legal hearings to determine his fate and sentence, plus his pre-sentence scourging, which probably was taking place around the same time Pilate offered his freedom to the mob outside, who chose to have him pardon Barabbas instead.
So it would seem we could say that the need does exist for a Magic Nail Theory - how could all of this damage have been done by the means described in the time allowed? It just isn't feasible.
It just doesn't explain it - the explanation is not sufficient to the facts, and does not match the observed outcomes, so we need to seek a Higher Hypothesis for explanation of the truth.
40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,