When I view the tremendous suffering of the cross, I am be tempted to ask, “Why doesn’t Jesus stop this miscarriage of justice?” After all, He is the one who calmed the raging sea and raised the dead. Only hours before in Gethsemane, He sent a whole group of soldiers sprawling backwards to the ground with just a simple reply. He could ask for legions of angels to come to His aid. But he doesn’t.
The hammer falls, the nail pierces his flesh, and the blood begins to flow. Why? Why would God allow this? Why did Jesus surrender to this?
I BELIEVE IT WAS THE HAND OF GOD.
The same hand that formed Adam out of clay.
The same hand that wrote the commandments on stone tablets.
The same hand that stilled the sea.
The same hand that mixed mud and daubed it on blind eyes that would eventually see.
The same hand that reattached Malchus’ ear.
Hands of power. . . . . Hands of hope. . . . . .But crucified hands.
The Psalmist declared, You drove out the nations with your hand…It was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance. (Psalm 44:2)
Isaiah said, When the LORD stretches out his hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down. (Isaiah 31:3)
When he touched, God touched.
The soldier thought he was swinging the hammer, but he was mistaken. Heaven was.
When the hand of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for me.
And now I can say with absolute certainty, “I’m forgiven!”
In the Bonds of Calvary,