Drawn by Gustave Doré, engraved by J. Gauchard Brunier. Scanned by Michael Gäbler, via Wikimedia Commons
Drawn by Gustave Doré, engraved by J. Gauchard Brunier. Scanned by Michael Gäbler, via Wikimedia Commons

Jesus is nailed to the cross

BY BIANCA REATEGUI
Youth Speak News

Here is the Son of God—who appeared transfigured, dazzlingly radiant, before His disciples—nailed to a cross. Here is the Messiah—who the angel Gabriel announced would be called the Son of the Most High, who would reign over the house of Jacob forever—on the brink of death, with blood pouring profusely from His many wounds.

Here is Jesus Christ, living out God’s infinite love.

When Jesus told His disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13), He was not speaking empty words. He laid down His life so that we could be reconciled with God through Him.

He resigned Himself to the humiliation and agony of the cross for our sake, bearing the thorns, the nails and spear for the forgiveness of our sins. He extended His pierced hands to all of humanity, offering salvation to each and every one of God’s children. He offered this salvation even to the people who demanded His execution, even to those who hammered the nails into His hands and feet. Such is the love of God. We have offended Him, yet he so ardently desires our salvation—even more than we do.

He who is “the way, the truth, and the life” took the way of the cross—the way of sacrificial love.

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