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By Wendell Ingram
We all have familiar sounds imbedded in our minds which bring back memories of our past. it may be sounds that bring back happy memories, such as children laughing, or the sound of a crowd cheering at a ball game. It may be sounds that bring back unpleasant memories such as the siren of an emergency vehicle, or the screeching of tires and the sound of a collision. These familiar sounds can be instant reminders of events that have had great impact on our lives.
There was a sound that must surely have been imbedded in the minds of those who witnessed the crucifixion of our Lord. It would have been a very familiar sound to the Roman soldiers, but would have been an unforgettable sound to His disciples as they watched His execution. It was the sound of a large hammer driving large nails through flesh into a wooden beam. It was a sound that no doubt, was accompanied by groans of agony and the grinding of teeth in pain. It was a sound that, once heard would never be forgotten.
A study of God’s Word makes it clear that it was man’s sin that nailed Jesus to that old rugged cross. In John 1:29, John said of Jesus, “Look, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!” Romans 5:8 tells us that…”God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In 2 Corinthians 5:21, we are told, “…God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us…”
Soon the witnesses to the crucifixion came to realize that Christ’s death was a direct result of their own sin. and yes, those unforgettable sounds of the nails being driven through the hands and feet of Jesus were a direct result of our sins as well.
If we could only hear the sounds of the nails being driven through His flesh each time we give in to temptation, maybe it would help us understand why God calls us to purity and holiness.
If only we could understand that each time we sin, it was the cause of our Lord’s suffering. I wonder, each time that we yield to temptation and sin…
DOES JESUS STILL FEEL THE NAILS?