He Chose the Nails

Session 2 - He Chose to Forgive Us


When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.

Colossians 2:13-14 MSG

Nails fix broken things. They join together things that were separated. They make things whole. God used nails to accomplish his plan.

The most notorious road in the world is the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows.” According to tradition, it is the route Jesus took from Pilate’s hall to Calvary.


The Path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back. The nails in that cross show us the lengths God will go to cover our sins and restore our relationship with him.

Paul tells us “we were God’s enemies” (Romans 5:10). An enemy is an adversary— one who offends, not out of ignorance but by intent. However, God “reconciled (us) to him through the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10) and “cancelled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross” (Colossians 2:14 NLT).

Between Jesus’ hand and the wood there was a list. A list of our mistakes: our lusts and lies and greedy moments and prodigal years.

Your sins have been blotted out by Jesus. “He has forgiven you all your sins: he has utterly wiped out the written evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14 PHILLIPS).

Jesus couldn’t bear the thought of eternity without us—and in spite of the fact that we were his enemies—he shoes the nails.

Jesus knew that the purpose of the nails was to place our sins where they could be hidden by his sacrifice and covered by his blood. As his hands opened for the nails, the doors of heaven opened for us.

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