18th April 2014

Nailed To The Cross 

Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know ­– Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.”
Acts 2:22-23 (NKJV)

Crucifixion was reserved by the Romans for the worst of criminals. It was regarded as the worst of punishments. The executioners would drive heavy nails through the hands and feet of the victims. 

The Bible tells us that when Jesus was nailed to the cross, it was not just a physical event. Paul explained: “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14). In other words through the sacrifice of Jesus we have been forgiven. Our guiltiness has been removed. It is like having a huge debt cancelled: the slate has been wiped clean.

One of the great Christian hymns, It is well with my soul which was written by Horatio Spafford following the death of his four daughters at sea in 1873, captures what Paul discussed, in beautiful verse: 

“My sin – O the bliss of this glorious thought! –
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!” 

As we focus on the terrible, torturous death of our Lord, let’s remember that Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). The joy was to do with the forgiveness of our sins so that, as Paul noted in the above quotation from Colossians, we would be “made alive together with Him”. 

Our sins were nailed to the cross. 

We have been forgiven. 

I thank you, Father, that Jesus Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to You, cleansed my conscience from dead works that I may serve You, the one and only living God (Hebrews 9:14). In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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