He Chose the Nails

“Jesus himself chose the nails. So the hands of Jesus opened up. Had the soldier hesitated, Jesus himself would have swung the mallet. He knew how; he was no stranger to the driving of nails. As a carpenter he knew what it took. And as a Savior he knew what it meant. He knew that the purpose of the nail was to place your sins where they could be hidden by his sacrifice and covered by his blood.”
“So Jesus himself swung the hammer.The same hand that stilled the seas stills your guilt.The same hand that cleansed the Temple cleanses your heart.The hand is the hand of God.The nail is the nail of God.And as the hands of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for you.”
“There are times when God sends thunder to stir us. There are times when God sends blessings to lure us. But then there are times when God sends nothing but silence as he honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity….How could two men see the same Jesus and one choose to mock him and the other choose to pray to him? (thieves) I don’t know, but they did. And when one prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him. And when the other mocked, Jesus loved him enough to let him. He allowed him the choice. He does the same for you.”
Pride and shame. You’d never know they are sisters. They appear so different. Pride puffs out her chest. Shame hangs her head. Pride boasts. Shame hides. Pride seeks to be seen. Shame seeks to be avoided. But don’t be fooled, the emotions have the same parentage. And the emotions have the same impact. They keep you from your Father.
Pride says “You’re too good for him.”Shame says “You’re too bad for him.” Pride drives you away. Shame keeps you away. If pride is what goes before a fall, then shame is what keeps you from getting up after one.
“Why did Jesus live on the earth as long as he did? Couldn’t his life have been much shorter? Why not step into our world just long enough to die for our sins and then leave? Why not a sinless year or week? Why did he have to live a life? To take on our sins is one thing, but to take on our sunburns, our sore throats? To experience death, yes–but to put up with life? To put up with the long roads, long days, and short tempers? Why did he do it? Because he wants you to trust him. Even his final act on earth was intended to win your trust.”

When asked to describe the width of his love, he stretched out one hand to the right and the other to the left and had them nailed in that position so you would know he died loving you.
But isn’t there a limit? Surely there has to be an end to this love. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But David the adulterer never found it. Paul the murderer never found it. Peter the liar never found it. When it came to life, they hit bottom. But when it came to God’s love, they never did.”

Take your anxieties to the cross–literally. Next time you’re worried about your health or house or finances or flights, take a mental trip up the hill. Spend a few moments looking at the pieces of passion.
Run your thumb over the tip of the spear. Balance a spike in the palm of your hand. Read the wooden sign written in your own language. And as you do, touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God. Blood he bled for you. The spear he took for you. The nails he felt for you. The sign he left for you.
He did all this for you. Knowing this, knowing all he did for you there, don’t you think he’ll look out for you here?” (Romans 8:32)

2 thoughts on “He Chose the Nails

  1. You have no Idea what jesus was.Human no.Are their Jesus’s among us today. YesNo man , woman or child can be saved by any other man for your sins. You my friend will pay for all of your sins as shall I upon death, your soul will be placed appropriately due to your failures or success’s as a human being.To think that the death of your creator will allow you to mess up your life and have salvation is well unfounded. Jesus Died because of your ignorance and fear of God. He didn’t die to allow you to live in sin and have salvation for believing in him. That was reserved only for those that met jesus you my friend did not. Good luck with what spiratual beliefs you have. But in life theirs no free ride.Things are different this time.

  2. I do not mess up my life on purpose. We are humans, we make mistakes. But the beauty of my Lord is that even though we make mistakes, He will still forgive us. I do not sin because I know that I will be forgiven. It is my human nature to sin, but it can, in many ways, be prevented. This is what I strive for.I do not have to pay for my sins, because Christ took them upon Himself. Part-man and part-God, He took on the sins of the world as a burden so that we wouldn’t have to. Sins of the past, sins of the present, and sins of the future. No one is like Jesus. No other man has lived a sinless life. Except Him. But He chose to do this, for us. Because that is who Jesus is. He is gracious and He is forgiving. He loved us before we ever loved Him, and He loves those who do not love Him. He loved us enough to take away our sins. We do not deserve this!”Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28He is in no way past tense. He lives! He rose from the dead and is interceding for us in Heaven today. Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”Romans 4:24-25 “But for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”This is what I believe. Simply that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of the world, rose after three days to continue His ministry in Heaven, and will one day return for His people. We may differ on this, but it is my belief, and I believe it to be the absolute truth. No questions asked.

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