Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. (John 19:16-18)
Relate: I don’t normally trust Wikipedia much. I use it, but I don’t trust it much. The reason I don’t trust it is because have written a few of those articles myself and edited quite a few others. I know how easy it is for me to do so. I know how little accountability there is in verifying that I actually know what I am talking about with regards to whatever it is I just wrote about or changed. even though I am sure what I wrote today was accurate and true, what is to stop some nefarious individual from coming along tomorrow and mucking it all up? That is why I try to only use Wikipedia for their reference sources at the bottom.
That said, every now and then Wikipedia does seem to nail it. Sometimes they are spot on. Of course I cannot guarantee that it will still be the same if you were to go look it up while reading this, but when I last read the definition for sin I thought, “They nailed it.” Wikipedia defines sin: “The act of violating God’s will” and “anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God.” They nailed it. Sin is what comes out of disobedience to produce separation from God. It is us being at war with God. Whether it is something as drastic as murder or as commonplace as lying and pride, the causes and effects of these sins are the same.
React: Far and away the most serious of the effects of our sin is the fact that we nailed Him. My pride and your lying, his gossip and her porn addiction… each one of these adds another hammer blow to the nails that connected Jesus to the cross. Each time we act in disobedience to God’s will, we make Christ’s ultimate act of obedience that much more painful. Each time our rebellion takes us another step further from God, those nails are driven that much deeper into His wrists and feet. We nailed Him.
When we nailed Him, He nailed it. Jesus did not die on the cross because He was a political figure in rebellion against Rome. He didn’t die because of the machinations of a jealous Jewish elite. He didn’t die because of the vicious shouts of a fickle mob. He died because of my rebellion. He died because of the evil that I have plotted and carried out. He died because of my fickle faithlessness. Jesus died for my sin. He took it, He nailed it to the cross, and then He left it there.
Thank You so much for the cross. Help me to never forget the grave seriousness of my sin. Help me also to never forget the rich abundance of Your grace. You have taken my messed up story and edited in perfection. You nailed it. Then You closed the book disabling any future overwrite. Help me to now live out the story of Your love that has deleted my failures.