Wednesday, April 01, 2009

God's Promise in the Nails

Chapter 4
I Forgive You

The crowd at the cross concluded that the purpose of the pounding was to skewer the hands of Christ to the beam. But they were only half-right. We can't fault them for missing the other half. They couldn't see it. But Jesus could. And heaven could. And we can.

Through the eyes of Scripture we see what others missed but what Jesus saw. "He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross" (Col 2:14 NLT).

Between his hand and the wood there was a list. A long list. A list of our mistakes: our lusts and lies and greedy moments and prodigal years. A list of our sins...

He has penned a list of our faults. The list God has made, however, cannot be read. The words can't be deciphered. The mistakes are covered. The sins are hidden. Those at the top are hidden by his hand; those down the list are covered by his blood. Your sins are "blotted out" by Jesus (KJV). "He has forgiven you all your sins: he has utterly wiped out the written evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross" (Col 2:14 Phillips)...

He knew the source of those sins was you, and since he couldn't bear the thought of eternity without you, he chose the nails...

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.

(Excerpt from He Chose the Nails p 33-35)

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