He Chose the Nails

Session 5 - He Chose to Give Us Victory


Overwhelming victory is ours

Through Christ, who loved us.

Romans 8:37 NLT

The decision we all face in our lives are like the noted on the page. Our instrument can be used to bemoan tragedy or sing praise and triumph. How we play our song is our choice. But a decision must be made.

Just before Jesus died, he asked for something to drink. But he refused myrrh and gall. He refused to be stupefied by the drugs, opting instead to feel the full force of his suffering. Why? Because he knew we’d face pain—if not the pain of the body, the pain of the soul. He knew we’d face thirst. If not a thirst for water, at least a thirst for truth.

Because John lingered on Saturday, he was around on Sunday to see the miracle. What did he see? “Strips of linen” (John 20:5). Through the rags of death, John saw the power of life. John would tell you God can turn any tragedy into a triumph, if only you wait and watch.

In order for the cross of Christ to be the cross of our lives, we need to bring something to the hill. We can bring our bad moments and our mad moments: bad habit, selfish moods, white lies, binges, and bigotries.

The first step after a stumble must be in the direction of the cross. “If we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away” (1John 1:9 CEV).

God wants our worries as well. We can bring the fears we have about our final moments. He wants us to trust him. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” he urges us. “I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am” (John 14:1,3).

If God can change the disciples’ lives through a tragedy such as the cross and the tomb, could it be he will use a tragedy to change yours? As hard as it may be to believe, you could be only a Saturday away for a resurrection.