Friday, April 10, 2009

The Nails

Good Friday is so good because we were all given new life if we choose to accept it. It is good because we saw what our mistakes and rebellions really look like on a rough hewn cross with nails and thorny crown, after 40 lashings with a cat of nine tails. It is good because it signified a new beginning for believers, although it seemed like the end of the world to those who first believed.

I have been thinking again about Jesus, my creator God. (John. 1:1-18) I have been thinking that it would be interesting to write from some unique perspective of Jesus' death that Good Friday so long ago. The only thing that keeps coming back to mind are the nails.

From what I have read, it seems the nails used on Jesus body were made of iron. Iron is an element that is found on earth and on Red Giants (stars). It is forged by fire and other chemical reactions that I don't quite know all about.

I am considering the nails because they were a part of God's creation. Jesus knew exactly what they were made of, how they were made (and changed by man) because He made their elements. He knew from a human standpoint what they would do to his hands and feet, but he also knew from a part of the Godhead's view what they were capable of.

If I were the nails, I think I would have quivered and hesitated-maybe even melting before I pierced my creator's precious skin. Imagine the soldiers saying, "What's wrong with this *^%$%#@ nail!?" Iron can be life-giving or poisonous when distributed in animal life. The nails could have been a poisonous dose into Jesus (the creator's veins) or a life-giving one.
Just as Jesus chose not to save himself from this death on the cross, he also seemingly forbid his creation from doing so. I mean think of the cross made of wood, the thorns, the leather (on the cat of nine tails) and the metals used in that whip and in those nails. All of creation could have cried out against this outrage against their creator, but Jesus chose to endure the cross and experience the agony of separation from His Father being fully God and fully man.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
This is a Good Friday, but Sunday is even better! Thank you Lord for conquering death-a choice you made to love us so much. Without the cross we have no forgiveness, without the cross we wouldn't have everlasting life. Friday is good.
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  1. What a beautiful post! I had not viewed the crucifixion from this perspective before. Thank you for the visuals and for opening my mind and heart to yet another point of view on the crucifixion.

  2. I too have never viewed the crucifixion in this way before either...beautiful insights my friend. Beautiful!