Nailed It

nailed it

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)

Read: Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 3:7-24, Psalm 122:1-9, Proverbs 29:1

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.

Respond: 

Dear God,
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.
Amen

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12 thoughts on “Nailed It

  1. Beautiful, perfect morning devotion for me and went perfectly with my daily Scripture today of John 12:24-26, taking our sin to the cross, nailing it there where Jesus died for us, thus dying to ourselves so that the Character of Christ can rise up in and through us and produce much fruit. Thank you so much for your faithful posts.

  2. Always need to keep this front of mind. I like the picture of Jesus deleting my sins forever. Great reflection. Thank you.

  3. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    1 Corinthians 11: 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

    28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

    29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

    How often have we nailed Him to the cross during the Lord’s supper? Guilty?

  4. Hi Beejai, a beautiful reminder of what we did to Jesus and what He did for us. Three times Jesus asked our Father if it was possible to not drink of this cup ending with, nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done. I can’t even imagine. I remind myself that when He was faced with the most terrible sequence of events, He never abandoned us, He saw it through. How can we not worship Him, how can we not love Him for what He has done for us. And yet I still abandon Him at times. I am oh so looking forward to when that stops. In the interim I will bow before Him and worship Him for who He is. Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!

  5. In 1 Jn 3:8 we read that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (by way of the cross). To accept Christ is to deny the works of Satan. Also, if Satan gets a foothold; I am denying Jesus. I am challenged to see Jesus taken off of the cross once and for all. I am challenged to see Him walking by side, guiding and protecting me the rest of the days of my life. May I never nail Him upon the cross again.

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