The Crucifixion Nails

Bible Reading: John 20: 19-31

Text verse 25
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger
into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Doubting Thomas - He did not believe the reports that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Except I see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the prints of the nails,
I will not believe !

Jesus had been crucified - nailed to a cruel cross. - died and was buried.
But the grave could not hold HIM! He had risen from the dead.

Crucifixion - cruel punishment given to instil fear into the enemy.
To-day I want to share with you the message of the crucifixion nails.
A nail may seem initially to be something that is very insignificent - Nails are used to hold things
together or to strengthen. But they are extremely important. Let's examine how important a nail is.
The prints of the crucifixion nails tells us three things.
The first is illustrated by:

As the story goes, they built a new church building and people came from far and wide to see it.
They admired its beauty!
Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely structure-except the nail!
No one even knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous.

"If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!"
So the nail then released its hold, slid down the roof, and fell in the mud.

That night it rained and rained.
Soon, the shingle that had no nail blew away, and the roof began to leak.
The water streaked the walls and the beautiful murals.
The plaster began to fall, the carpet was stained, and the pulpit Bible was ruined by water.
All this because a little nail decided to quit!

But what of the nail?
While holding the shingle, it was obscure but it was also useful.
Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now it was useless and would soon be eaten up by rust!

You may, like the nail, feel obscure at times, but just like the nail, your absence is felt.
When you are not present for worship, in some way the body of Christ hurts.
We are ALL a part of the Lord's ministry.

The nail is important - The crucifixion Nails were also important - so important that Thomas
demanded to see their imprints before he would believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

You are also important to God - remember the prints of the nails remind us:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

But at the start I said:
The prints of the crucifixion nails tells us three things.
The second is illustrated by:

A Christian young man, shown over a lace works in an industrial town in Great Britian,
turned to thank the manager who had guided hime around, and gratefully to shake his hand.
He was surprised to find his guide’s hand soft, limp and flabby.
Seeing his look of surprise, the manager said,
“You must excuse my hand. When I was an apprentice I had an accident,
a nail was driven through it and I have never been able to close it since”

Immediately expressing, as well as it showing sympathy, the young Christian said,
“ May I shake hands with you again, sir?
And may I tell you something?
Nearly 2000 years ago one left the glory of heaven and came as a child to earth.
His people crucified Him, and nails were driven through His hands.
Like you, He has never closed them since but stretches them out to a needy world.

The crucifixion nail prints in the hands of Jesus are our reminder that our Lord is near
and He wants to provide your needs.
He cannot close His hands to the needs of HIS people.

Jesus has not changed:
Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:
who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Do you need a miracle today?
Jesus cannot close His hands because of the cruel Crucifixion nails.
They are always open for the needs of His people
All you need to do is ask and to serve Him with all your heart.

But at the start I said:
The prints of the crucifixion nails tells us three things.
The third is illustrated by:

In William J. Bennett’s book, The Book of Virtues,
is a story of how England’s King Richard III lost his kingdom
to the Earl of Richmond at his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

King Richard III sent his groom to get a horse ready for battle, but however the blacksmith
had no more iron after supplying the king’s whole army for the last few days.
He bent himself backwards to and found a bar of iron enough to make four horseshoes.
Still, after nailing on three shoes, he was short.

Bennet writes: "I need one or two more nails," he said,
"and it will take some time to hammer them out."
"I told you I can’t wait," the groom said impatiently.
"I hear the trumpets now. Can’t you just use what you’ve got?"
"I can put the shoe on, but it won’t be as secure as the other."
"Will it hold?" asked the groom.
"It should," answered the blacksmith, "but I can’t be certain."
"Well, then, just nail it on," the groom cried. "And hurry, or King Richard will be angry with us both."

The battle wore on, one of King Richard’s troops line was broken, and as the king raced
toward the broken line to defend and urge his undersieged solders on,
one of the horse’s shoes fell off, and the frightened animal fell and then ran away.

The last words of King Richard III as he waved his sword in the air and beg
for one thing in exchange for what he has:
"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
The battle inspired a famous saying as recorded by Beneath:

For want of a nail, a shoe was lost,
For want of a shoe, a horse was lost,
For want of a horse, a battles was lost,
For want of a battle, a kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail!
(The Book of Virtues 198-200, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1993)

A Kingdom was lost all for the want of a nail.
The importance of a single nail was overlooked.
Eternal Life depends on the acceptance of the ONE
who has the prints of the cruel nails in HIS hands.

Friend, listen to the Scripture:
Mark 8:36-37
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Jesus said:
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The Kingdom of Heaven
Life eternal depends on your acceptance of the ONE who bears the imprints of the Crucifixion nails.
Have you made a decision to serve and follow HIM?
Or will you too cry out in that day:
For want of a nail, a kingdom was lost ?

In closing, I want to remind you of the message of the Crucifixion nails
-the nails that nailed our Saviour to the cross.

The Crucifixion nails tell us three things:
You are important to God
Jesus cannot close His hands - He wants to meet yoour needs.
A Kingdom can be lost if the crucifixion nail’s message is rejected.

Will you accept and follow the ONE with the prints of the cruel
Crucifixion Nails in HIS hands ?


Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
South Africa

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