Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. (Mark 15:44)
There are three aspects to the Passion and death of Christ: The physical, the emotional and the spiritual. Each realm has never been exceeded in its scope of suffering. The three together are unimaginable. Our text deals with what Christ endured physically. He first of all had to be physically exhausted from sleep deprivation: from the anguish of the garden, to the all night mockery of a trial, to His appearing before Pilot and Herod. Isaiah defined the brutality of His scourging to the point that He was not recognizable as a man. (1) His face was beaten beyond recognition and a horrid crown of thorns was driven into His head. His flesh was flayed, exposing muscles and tendons. He collapsed on the Via Dolorosa under the weight of His cross. Pilate should not have marveled that Christ had died so soon on the cross; he should have marveled that He was physically able to make it to Calvary.