Nails

31 03 2012

The nail. So small. So simple, yet so versatile and powerful. A single nail can transform a room when you use it to hang the family portrait. A single nail can quiet a room when used to stabilize a squeaky floor board. With 12,000 nails you can build a house. With a billion nails you can build a city. We see the nail as a symbol of construction. It is used to build. Once a commodity of great value, the nail, today, has little value until you find yourself one nail short at the end of a project. Two thousand years ago the nail was used as a tool of death. Those who refused to believe that Jesus was not who He claimed to be, the long-awaited Messiah, used the nail for destruction as they tried to destroy Jesus and His ministry.

The Cross. The single most important symbol of Christianity. Like the nail, the Cross on which Jesus was crucified was, at the time, a symbol of death. Crucifixion was a common form of public execution in which the victim was tied or nailed to a cross and left to die a slow, agonizing death.

Tomb is defined as a place of internment; an excavation in which a corpse is buried. The tomb is clearly a symbol of death. The end of life.

The irony is, that because of the power of God, all three represent life…new life. Each represents victory over death. The day Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the tomb was the beginning of new life for those who accept Him as Savior.

The nail, the cross, the tomb…daily reminders that this world doesn’t have to be our final destination. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection this world would be the best any of us could ever hope for; but, thanks to the cross, we, who have made Jesus Lord of our lives, have an eternal future in heaven with the Savior of the world. Who would have ever thought that just three nails could save humanity?

The single greatest moment the world has ever known.

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24 02 2015
dosedependent

Hello Bill! I was writing a blog post tonight and needed a picture of a cross with nails. Lo and behold you had just such a pic on your page and I have copied it and edited it for the purpose of my blog post. I realize that this message is akin to the old “shoot first and ask questions later” so I do apologize if that is bad form or unacceptable. This post is set to be published on Feb 26/15. I am hoping that you will like the photo and the quote I have added to it … if you wish to see it before the 26th, I can e-mail you a copy or if you have some strong objections to me using it please let me know and I will remove it (but I really hope you like it instead! lol).
Thank you in advance … I will take some time to look more around your site another time (it’s super late where I am and I need to sleep!).
Blessings
Julie A Desjardins

1 03 2015
Bill Taylor

Julie, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I’m glad you were able to find what you needed and will be sure to check it out. Blessings back to you. Bill

1 03 2015
dosedependent

Thank you Bill. I was hoping I would hear back from you as I have another idea for that very same picture. I have edited it again using a phone app & added a Scripture verse. I find it such a powerful angle of a symbol that already speaks volumes.
Many blessings.

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