Posted by Dave Quinn

In John 20:26-27 we see that Jesus appears to Thomas. Thomas had said he would not believe Jesus was alive until he saw the nail marks. As we know Jesus then appears and shows Thomas the scars.

This passage got me thinking about Jesus being nailed to the cross and the type of nails that were used.

When we look at the Greek word used for nails in that passage it is helos (hay-los). It is not a little nail that you use to tack a back on a bookshelf. It is more like a large peg or nail used to hold railways tracks down to a railway sleeper. They are huge.

After a little more research I found that a typical nail used in a crucifixion was between 10 and 20 centimetres long. They were more like this (hold up railway spike).

When I think about that I can’t imagine that being driven through my hands or wrists or my feet or ankle bones, depending on how one was crucified. I can’t comprehend someone doing that for me…but Jesus did. He endured the nails of love.

Jesus could not live with the idea that your and my sin separated us from God.
So He endured the nails of love.

Jesus could not live with the idea that you would not be redeemed and set free from the curse of sin and death.
So He endured the nails of love.

Jesus could not live with the idea of you not experiencing His peace, hope and abundant life now.
So He endured the nails of love.

And Jesus could not live with the idea of you not spending eternity with Him.
So He endured the nails of love.

Let us remember today the love Jesus has for us and the lengths He was prepared to go to for us to be in relationship with Him.

Before I ask the helpers to come forward I want to symbolically nail in three nails to remind us of what Jesus did for us all.