It Wasn't The Nails That Held Jesus On The Cross

In our church, it is not uncommon to hear someone say during our praise and worship, " Every time I think about Jesus, I feel good." or, " When I think about the goodness of Jesus, my soul cries out, Hallelujah!"

I reflect sometimes on a phone call I received from my brother a few years ago, before he went home to be with the Lord. I was at home in Atlanta, and he was in B'ham, Al. He called me, and I could easily tell from the tone of excitement in his voice that something good had happened, and I could hardly wait for him to share it with me. I knew or could feel that he had called to tell me something, but I didn't know what it would be. So after going through the how you do's and preliminary chatter, he finally said, Bro, I'm going to tell you something, and I want you to hear me out before you say anything. I agreed. Then he went on to say, Bro., the Cadillac I had that we loved so much, and we used to have so much fun in, I sold it and bought a truck. But I got a truck that is nice enough for me to drive to church. Now, I'm thinking to myself, did he say, "church", and did he say it so quickly and nonchalant, that it would shoot right past me. I continued to listen. He went on to tell me, you remember all the stuff we used to do, all the parties, all the girls, all the getting high, and hanging out. I couldn't contain myself, having a quick flash-back, I said "yes", who could forget those times. Then he said to me, Bro., " I didn't enjoy none of that." He said I realize now that I'm saved and sanctified, that all those things were just a waste of precious time. First off, I'm floored. I'm asking myself, how could he dare say that he didn't enjoy all of those times? I know he had good times, I was there with him. But it really sent me for a loop when my brain caught up with my racing emotions, and it sunk in that he said he was " saved and sanctified." He was happy, and I could visualize his smiling face by hearing the joy in his voice. He testified to how God had saved him, and he witnessed to me the Love of God. Shortly thereafter, he got a call on another line and had to go.

After hanging up the phone, I wondered whether God could love a wretch like me the way he loved my brother. I wondered if God could possibly look beyond all of my faults and failures, my sin and evil, and love me that way. My brother was eleven years older than I was, and to me, he was everything. I knew that he would never lie to me, or lead me wrong. I knew that I could trust whatever he said to me, because I knew that he loved me.

I Wanted To Know The Love of God

I held that conversation in my mind, playing it over and over again for weeks after. But now, it wasn't the revelation of not enjoying all those sinful things we did together. Now it was how to understand the love of God, the love that my brother told me was already mine in Christ. I had not been a regular in church since leaving B'ham, and truth be told, I only went then because it was required of me. I still wasn't ready to go back to church, but I was yearning to have that kind of intimacy with God. I began to take notice of Christian people. I realized that there really was something different about them, though I couldn't put my finger on it. I began to read the Bible on a daily basis. I began to watch Christian television broadcasts, hoping to find clarity of God's word, or confirmation to what my brother had said.

But way down inside of me there was still doubt and disbelief. It was almost impossible for me to believe that God could love me. After all of my sins, evil, and wickedness, God still loves me. I couldn't get a handle on it, I thought that I had done too much wrong, I thought that I didn't even deserve to be loved like that. I saw myself the way Paul often times described himself, as the " Chiefest Sinner." Then one day, on my way home from a hard day on the job, standing at the bus stop, and old lady walked up and stood beside me. She looked at me, smiled, and said, " Son, I don't know who you are, but you are special to God, and He told me to tell you that He loves you, and that He's going to reveal himself to you so that you'll know.

God Opened My Eyes

A couple of days after meeting the old lady, I was again at home making a sandwich and getting juice, so that I could sit down and read my bible. As I opened the bible, I heard a voice in my head saying read this passage of scripture from Matthew 27. These are the scriptures I was lead to read.

Matthew 27: 35-42,

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, " Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save Thyself." " If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, " He Saved Others; Himself He Cannot Save." If he be the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

About as soon as I had finished reading those scriptures, that the Holy Spirit said to me, Now Do You See. They crucified Him. They nailed him in his hands, they drove the spikes into his feet. Then they that had gathered around at the foot of the cross reviled and ridiculed him to come down from the cross, to prove that he indeed was the Son of God.

Now I'm thinking to myself, Lord you know that I'm not the sharpest tool in the box, or the brightest crayon in the carton, you're gonna have to help me.

Then he made it plain, then he opened my eyes. He said, " It Was Not The Nails That Held Jesus On The Cross, It Was The LOVE of GOD."

Jesus could have come down, he could have simply stepped down and walked off into oblivion. But he stayed there, just to save sinners, like you. And to go further, he died, while you were yet a sinner, simply because God loves you so, and didn't want you to perish in your sins. Remember in the garden, when the soldiers came to arrest him, and he told them he could have called down legions of angels. Remember him telling Pilate, that though he was king, he had no power over him, except what was given from above. It wasn't the nails that held Jesus on the cross, truly, it was the Love of God.

Now I got it, and I received the love that God has towards me. I called my brother, and I told, " I didn't enjoy any of those times either. "


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub, and What a great love for old sinners like me.


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Presigo 6 years ago from Spokane, Wa

Wow, what a testimony !!! I am glad you shared the words of the Holy Spirit with us, peace be with you always


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Bless your heart! Praise God that woman was obedient to tell you what the Lord told her to. Oftentimes, this happens with me ~ I feel led to say something to a complete stranger...and hestiate. God truly did reveal Himself to you; His love for you! That passage is one many read, but it truly was the Holy Spirit (God Himself) that revealed His love to you, which you are so powerfully testifying here!! AMEN!!! And look how He's using you for HIs glory! I think of when Jesus said that because Mary had been forgiven so many sins, she loved Him so much; and that someone who hasn't been forgiven much doesn't love much. See, that's why God really wants the "chiefs" of sinners!! You're so full of His love and it SHOWS. God bless you!!


SirDent 6 years ago

Very good tesatimony. I am glad I read it. A quick after-thought. The Ark of the Covenant had horns that held the sacrifice on the altar. The nails are symbolic of the horns of the altar. The nails weren't needed to hold Jesus there, as you stated, but they had to be used.


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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

What a wake up call! Jesus did it ALL for US! No one is left out. He knew we were all sinners and that we needed Salvation and he gave it to us. He layed on that cross and suffered and is still here to guide us and teach us and love us. He walked in VICTORY as we too should walk. He never denied God nor should we. He suffered the pain for his love as should we. Blessings and Great Hub!!!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Glory to God for His great love. No nails could hold the Lord of life. But, as you stated, it was His great love. His love WAS the nails and in His great sacrifice, He laid the foundation for LIFE.

God bless you preacher.


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Presigo 6 years ago from Spokane, Wa

May we keep close in our hearts the eternal gift we have received in Christ through His sacrifice, peace be with all of you


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Great testimony. We all have a story to tell of our faith journey & I really appreciated yours. Be blessed & encouraged in your ministry efforts.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Thanks to all of my friends who have left comments.

Just as my testimony may be an inspiration to you, you are a great witness and strength to me.

God Bless


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Godpreacher, Wonderful story! God truly does make ALL the difference in the world in our lives! No "it wasn't the nails..." It was HIS LOVE! PRAISE GOD from whom ALL BLESSINGS flow! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Thank you also sis. DeBorrah,

It truly is His love, his unconditional love, that he has for all creation.


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John Cain 6 years ago from Dayton, Texas

A very nice hub. Thanks for your nice comment and have a very blessed Christmas.


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christinecook 6 years ago

Wow that was great !! How true,I never thought of it that way,but yes,yes,yes,His Love of God,How wonderful Jesus is to us.Great Hub


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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

HOLY smoking Alter! That was good stuff! Keep preaching it!


Nici Wasserfall 5 years ago

It took me many years to grasp the meaning of the cross - I mean REALLY grasp it. I was so into my own life and figureing out ways to enjoy it that Jesus, Christianity didn't figure at all (except for some nights when I thought about dying and what would happen to me afterwards). When I finally decided to follow Him it was more out of fear of going to hell than for any other reason.

Even then He was merciful and patient. That was what got to me in the end, His unconditional love.

I cant go back to my old ways - I'm too far gone into Jesus Christ and that love that never, ever ceases.

Nici.


godpreacher 5 years ago

Nici,

Thanks for coming by, and staying to read. Many of us were confused about which direction to take on our paths of life. I'm grateful to know that you chose to follow Jesus, and even more, that you've come too far to turn around.

God Bless


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Knightheart 3 years ago from MIssouri, USA

Amen and Praise God! I hope you will read some of the hubs by Skye2day and other believers! There are many of us here on the hub that stand for our Lord and Savior. I discovered your hub by accident and am glad I did. I know the Scriptures you quoted from Matthew very well, and sometimes we forget the power in those verses. I know in my heart that nothing could hold Jesus to the Cross, but it takes a good shaking up in my mind to realize what you plainly reminded me of...LOVE is what kept Jesus there and of course, obedience to the Father.

I know I have thought about what would have happened if Jesus had shown his Divine Nature at the Cross and had come down with all of Heaven behind Him! Talk about total chaos and pandemonium! I can't fully imagine what it would have been like for all of mankind to see God, the Son in divine Glory! Although God could easily have done it that way, destroying the Roman Empire with mere thought, showing the religious leaders at that time that He truly was who He said He was...well, I can't even grasp that scene! He, in His Wisdom showed us that LOVE was the answer!

But as all believers know, the next time Jesus comes, He will not be coming as the Lamb, but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yes, love and obedience to God kept our Lord on the Cross, defeating Satan then and forever. As we await the return of our Savior in the final days, just remember that God's love for us is still there and He wants nobody to perish, but all to follow Him and be His Children! But time is almost up and He will judge this wicked, sinful world we have created with our selfishness, pride, and lusts and put it right once and for all.

God Bless you brother and know that we all are in God's Family, and nothing can take us out of the Father's hand...nothing! We are sealed and His for eternity! Keep in the word and as I love to say, which I hear from a great man of God, Dr. Charles Stanley..."Trust and obey God and leave all the consequences to Him!"

Knightheart


Godpreacher 3 years ago

Praise God for you my brother. Thanks for your comment, and I am truly glad to know that we are one in Him. Be Blessed.

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