Friday, April 06, 2007

Invisible Nails

My brother-in-law Jack sent me this today, and I'm passing it along. (slightly edited)

"Upon the cross of Jesus, my eyes can truly see, the very dying form of One who suffered there for me. And from a smitten heart with tears, two wonders I confess; the wonder of unfailing love, and my unworthiness.

Jesus worked all His life. He did great acts of work while on this earth. He was a carpenter with calloused hands, He healed the sick, raised the dead, taught us about the Father. But what was His greatest work? His greatest work was accomplished in just 3 hours on a Cross when He died for our sins. On Calvary Jesus entered a labor that no other person in all the universe has ever known. Jesus could have come down from the Cross. The nails driven in by the soldiers couldn't have held Him, but that day there were 3 invisible nails that caused Him to stay on the Cross.

The first invisible nail that kept Jesus there was the nail of love. The world has never seen such a manifestation of selfless love as was demonstrated upon Calvary. Jesus declared, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

The second invisible nail that kept Jesus on the Cross was the nail of loyalty. Jesus was loyal to God's purpose for His life. In a supreme demonstration of loyalty to God's will, Jesus died at Golgotha. Are we living a life that is loyal to Christ?

The third invisible nail that kept Jesus on the Cross was the nail of sin. The prophet Isaiah said "He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed."

Calvary is the place of decision. Today the Cross still casts its shadow across the world, and the cry "Crucify Him" still lurks in those who would crucify Him rather than own Him as King and see Him as Saviour.

Christ's gospel is still effective. His truth remains unchanged. He can solve our problems, lift our burdens, and quiet our hearts in the midst of the storms of life. We can know "the peace that passes all understanding" by asking God's forgiveness and receiving the presence of His Spirit into our hearts. By faith in His atoning work on the Cross of Calvary, we are washed clean from every sin and will someday stand pure before Almighty God.

This Friday, remember what Christ did for you. If you have placed your faith and trust in Him, you have received forgiveness and are living an eternal life because of His love. " are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross." (Colossians 2:12-14). The Second Death, which awaits unbelieving, unrepentant sinners at the White Throne Judgment, has no power over you.
He has saved you. You are a child of the living God and an heir to His kingdom.

Have a blessed Easter. God is worthy! He is worthy indeed!"

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