“By canceling the record of debt that stood against us
with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
I’ve been trying to write a story about a little boy who finds a piece of the cross; a piece that has a hole in it from one of the nails that pierced Jesus. I’ve spent hours editing it, trying to be cute and clever. But the story never really gelled. Last night I read an article that Stephen King wrote about the process of writing. He encouraged writers to say what they really want to say, without a lot of fluff or fanfare. So instead of telling you a story, I’m going to tell you what I really want to say.
The holes in the cross are where God’s love got in. At this time of year, we forget about those holes. Instead, we turn our attention to Jesus’ birth. Today, as you prepare for the celebrations ahead at this precious time of year, I hope you’ll take the time to remember why Jesus stripped Himself of His divinity and came to walk among us. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus walked every day towards those nails that pierced His flesh and drove holes into the wood upon which He hung. He walked every day towards our forgiveness and salvation. He walked every day towards the love that came in and changed everything, forever