“Hematidrosis” by With Blood Comes Cleansing

To be quite honest with you, I’ve been alternating between two different songs, well three technically, today.  For the last two days I’ve bad both the original and acoustic version of “Layla” by Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton playing in my head the last two days.  For the sake of relevance, since it’s technically Good Friday and we are approaching Easter, I’ll post the other song and lyrics to which I have been banging my head and screaming along to today as well… In my car, anyways.

But first, I’ll help those who don’t spend their time researching stuff like this…

Hematidrosis (also called hematohidrosis) is a very rare condition in which a human being sweats blood. It may occur when a person is suffering extreme levels of stress, for example, facing his or her own death. Several historical references have been described; notably by Leonardo da Vinci: describing a soldier who sweated blood before battle, men unexpectedly given a death sentence, as well as descriptions in the Bible, that Jesus experienced hematidrosis when he was praying in the garden of Gethsemane.

And science says…

“According to Dr. Frederick Zugibe (Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York) it is well-known, and there have been many cases of it. The clinical term is hematohidrosis. ‘Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form. Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands. As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.'”

In a lecture, Dr. Zugibe stated: “The severe mental anxiety…activated the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress-fight or flight reaction to such a degree causing hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands and extruding out onto the skin. While hematidrosis has been reported to occur from other rare medical entities, the presence of profound fear accounted for a significant number of reported cases including six cases in men condemned to execution, a case occurring during the London blitz, a case involving a fear of being raped, a fear of a storm while sailing, etc. The effects on the body is that of weakness and mild to moderate dehydration from the severe anxiety and both the blood and sweat loss.”

I’m hoping you catch the relevance in this because it’s mentioned in the definition above, but here is the particular part of Jesus’ journey to the cross for our salvation.  The italics are mine.

Luke 22:41-44 [ESV]

41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Now that I’ve posted all of that, the song I built this post around seems almost pointless to me.  But because I think it’s a great application and a very fitting style to tell this story, I’m going to include it in the post.  You should find more content on this in my next post, hopefully.  And, as I did with my last lyrical post, you can listen to this one as well.



by With Blood Comes Cleansing

As mortal death was at the door

the night seemed darker than before.

Silence but no peace, visions of agony.

The sweat and blood pour out

hemorrhaging from the pores of His body.

Rise up! The betrayer is at hand.

The Son of Man betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Innocent blood will be shed by the hands of the guilty.

As mortal death was at the door,

the night seemed darker than before.

The sweat and blood pour out,

hemorrhaging from the pores of His body.

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