“A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews’.” Matthew 37:37 (NLT)
It is important for all of us to recognize the means by which Jesus paid the price for our sins. By dying on the cross, He not only paid our debt but He also opened up the possibility for all of us to be made right in the eyes of God.
During the crucifixion of Jesus, four nails were driven into His cross. Three of those nails pierced the flesh of our Saviour, while the fourth nail was used to fasten a sign above His head. Those nails are not pretty objects that we like to spend a lot of time thinking about, but they played a critical role in the narrative that paved the way for our salvation. Thinking about those four nails today and each of their positions in the cross, I begin to see that they serve as an object lesson that reminds us of our responsibilities as believers in Jesus Christ.
The two nails in His hands should remind us that it is our job to be the hands of Christ to reach out, and touch, and heal the brokenness in our world. It was with His own hands that Jesus healed the lepers, the deaf, the blind, the dying and even the dead. It was with His hands that He changed so many lives and today we must be His hands. As we reach out and comfort those who mourn, or offer relief to those who are suffering, we are quite literally acting as the hands of Jesus. We can do what He would be doing; “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
The nail that held His feet to the cross reminds us to be the feet of Jesus. By coming to the Earth He created, God demonstrated the great lengths that He is willing to travel to bring His love to us. Jesus left this instruction, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19. He means for us to do as He did, be His feet and go everywhere to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to know about Him.
The final nail was used to fix to the cross a sign that read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Like that fourth nail we should take it upon ourselves to share the truth. Jesus is the King and not just the king of the Jews but the King of all. As followers of Christ we ought to hold fast to that message and boldly share it with everyone who will listen.
Let the four nails of the cross remind us today to be His hands, to be His feet, and share His message to this world.