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Come with me to the hill of Calvary. Watch as the soldiers shove the carpenter to the ground and stretch his arms against the beams. Jesus turns his face toward the nail just as the soldier lifts his hammer to strike it! Couldn’t Jesus have stopped him? With a flex of bicep, a clench of the fist, he could’ve resisted. But the moment isn’t aborted. Why? Why didn’t Jesus resist? As the soldier pressed his arm, Jesus saw a nail—yes. The soldier’s hand—yes. But he saw something else. A long list of our lusts and lies and greedy moments and prodigal years. A list of our sins. He knew the price of those sins was death. He knew the source of those sins was you. And he couldn’t bear the thought of eternity without you. He chose the nails!

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1 Sarah R = "Crucifixion is considered one of the most tortuous types of death a person can suffer. Why did Christ have to be crucified? Why not killed by a beheading like John the Baptist or a stoning like Stephen, the first martyr?The OT prophets through the leading of the Holy Spirit prophesied the Messiah would die by crucifixion (see Is 53:5; Ps 22:14-16; Zech 12:10). A crucifixion was cruel and shameful... and public. OT Scripture says that "he who is hung on a tree is cursed" (Dt 21:23). When Jesus hung on that cross, it was obvious to all how God feels about sin. "
2 Sarah R = "For some reason reading this I am reminded of the scene from C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which has been depicted many times in cartoon and live action movies. Aslan the lion, who symbolizes Christ, is lead to slaughter. He is the mightiest of all the creatures, and could easily fight back, but he does not. He allows himself to be killed because he knows that there is a greater purpose in his death. Jesus did not come to Earth to live as a human being and to teach and to be an example, that was just extra. He came to die for sins. He came to conquer death and set the captives free. "
3 Sarah R = "I believe this is from a book by Max Lucado, called "He Chose the Nails". A beautiful book about how much God gave up in order to be in relationship with us. As the saying goes, "I asked Jesus how much He loved me, and He stretched out His arms on a cross and said, 'This much.'""