In the book The Case for Christ, written by Journalist Lee Strobel, the reality is made clear. According to Strobel's research into the weapons used in the beatings, the number of lashes on the body of Jesus, and other methods of tortured used by his assailants, the face of Jesus would have been unrecognizable. And, according to Strobel, by the time Jesus hangs on the cross, his flesh is so ripped and mangled, his wounds revealed bone.
Few would have survived the original beatings. Fewer still could have made the walk from the place of original torture to the cross, hanging there knowing that the worst was yet to come. But Jesus was set on doing the will of his Father. There was nothing, and no one, who could have stopped him from becoming the sinless sacrifice, and performing the greatest act of love on behalf of the entire human race.
It's difficult to visualize Christ, the Son of God, the Lord and Savior of the world, bleeding profusely and being mocked by the crowd as he walked toward Calvary on Good Friday. It is even harder to think that Jesus allowed nails to be driven into his palms (or wrists) and on top of his feet. Such excruciating pain is unfathomable, but even that was easy compared to the pain Jesus suffered when God the Father separated from him, and all the sins of the world -- past, present and future -- became his. That includes every sin of all the murderers, adulterers, liars and false prophets. Jesus took on the sins of thieves, of molesters and schemers -- every sin of every man, woman and child on earth. Now that was a load no mortal man should have to carry.
The story of Good Friday can be studied and discussed in many ways. There's the why of it, the how of it, the people involved in it, and the repercussions of it. There's the theology that Jesus was fully man and fully God, or that he was the Son alone. But the bottom line to the Good Friday story is that Jesus suffered and died so that mankind could be saved and find peace. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)