Through the eyes of Scripture we see what others missed but what Jesus saw. Jesus “cancelled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away the record with its rules and nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14, NCV).
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. Dangling from the Cross is an itemized catalog of your sins. The bad decisions from last year. The bad attitudes from last week. There, in broad daylight for all of heaven to see, is a list of your mistakes.
God… 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…
This is why He refused to close his fist. He saw the list! What kept Him from resisting? This warrant, the tabulation of your failures. He knew the price of those sins was death. 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.
The hand squeezing the handle was not a Roman infantryman. The force behind the hammer was not an angry mob. The verdict behind the death was not decided by jealous Jews. Jesus himself chose the nails.
[From He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado]
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.