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Jesus was in the grave. Is all hope lost?

By Elizabeth Prata

Jesus was dead and in the tomb. Wrapped, anointed with spices, mourned. The rock has sealed the tomb. Is all hope lost? NO!

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. (Psalm 16:10)

His precious head born of a virgin and laid in a manger, now laid in a tomb. Mourned by the mother who bore Him and by grieved His beloved disciples. Will He be left to moulder and rot? Eventually forgotten? Was this Him, or will there be another to come? Continue reading “Jesus was in the grave. Is all hope lost?”

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Living with uncertainty is worse than being sure of the bad thing

By Elizabeth Prata

One of the hardest things in life is not to know what’s coming down the pike. Unpredictability can be enjoyable at times, of course, and it’s sort of a given in life, but it’s different when you don’t know if something bad out there will befall you. That situation usually just leads to stress. … The most stressful scenario is when you really don’t know. It’s the uncertainty that makes us anxious. The same is likely to apply in many familiar situations, whether it’s waiting for medical results or information on train delays.” This is because it’s easier to plan for the future when you know what the deal is, even if it’s bad. (Source)

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The nails in the Crucifixion

By Elizabeth Prata

The crucifixion. Excruciating, painful, humiliating. It was the worst form of execution ever invented. The Romans didn’t invent it, the Persians did, but the Romans honed it for the execution of the worst of their society’s criminals.

If you are a Christian, you’ve no doubt been sitting under a pastor at some time, or heard one online, describing in detail the elements of what the Romans/Jews/Us did to the Lord on the cross, and even before. Scourging and beatings were part of the execution, so as to make the time on the cross even more excruciating. As a matter of fact, the word excruciating comes from crucifixion. The Latin word excrucio means From ex- (“out of, from”) +‎ cruciō (“crucify; torture, torment”).

I saw this tent peg and snapped a photo of it. I know that we say “He was nailed to the cross” and He was. But don’t think of little picture hangers or small nails in handyman projects. The nails to nail Jesus to the cross were huge, thick, iron things more like spikes According to one website, they were likely 7-9 inches in length.

If you’d like to read more about the actual crucifixion, this link takes you to a short and good essay. I’d re-post it here but the authors ask not t re-post their material online as it confuses the search engines. I’ve only read one article on the site, but the article in my opinion is good.

On this Lord’s Day, it’s good to ponder the actual crucifixion, what He did for us. It was our sin that kept Him nailed him to the cross. As I’d read long ago, the only man-made thing in heaven will be the scars on Jesus’ hands and side.

Please read, if you desire: Jesus’ Nails

Further Reading

Ligonier Devotional: The Crucifixion of Jesus

Monergism- Essays on Topics of Cross, Crucifixion