Friday, April 11, 2014

Station Eleven: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

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"With him they crucified two insurgents, one on his right and one at his left."
   Mark 15. 27

I don’t know which was the harder part—nailing Jesus to the Cross or hanging there naked in the sun as his flesh tore and the pain was unbearable.

We arrive at Station Eleven. Soon our journey will be over and we can get back to buying groceries, paying bills and worry about what the doctor will say. Why stop here—we know the rest of the story. We’ve read the book—we know how this journey ends.  But we must linger here and remember that our Lord was nailed to the cross. We cannot even imagine what torture that was.

But we do know that everything nailed down does not come loose. Through the years as the pilgrims shuffled to this Station—they pondered the nails—and so do we. All the constrictions and all the box-in-ness. All the painful, painful sides of life.

We have our nails, too.
We lose loved ones and life is forever different...
We have cancer...
Our hearts break—literally...
Or depression comes that seems endless...
Sometimes saying goodbye to your first child who only lived one day...
Or being told you can’t drive anymore...
Or not being able to reach that child you loved with all your heart...
Or wishing you could call back that terrible thing you said or did...
Or divorce...
Or the word, inoperable...
Or falling down and not able to get up...
We could go on and on. For standing in the hardware store there is a whole section for nails. They come in all sizes—we know that well, these nails.

We cannot move on without pondering his nails and ours. But we remember later when the tears had dried and the grief was not so strong—Jesus came back. Thomas, who was not there said: “Unless I see the nail prints I cannot believe.” And days later Jesus came with his outstretched nail-scarred hands. And Thomas who never missed a chance to talk—could not say a single word. Everything nailed down really does come loose. Just look at those scars—his and ours.

                       --Roger Lovette /

1 comment:


    Before discussing Saul's conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.

    What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.

    Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do."

    Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by "FAITH ONLY."

    Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

    Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.
    Saul repented.
    Saul fasted and prayed for three days.
    After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.

    Acts 22:12-16 "A certain Ananias....13 came to me....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'

    Saul's sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved......

    Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.

    Acts 2:38...and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins....

    Saul sins where not forgiven until he was baptized in water.

    Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 3:19---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38