Words from the Heart for Monday July 13th, 2020
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
Galatians 5:24 (NLT)
Canada’s Golgotha is a 32-inch-high bronze sculpture by the British sculptor Francis Derwent Wood, produced in 1918. It illustrates the story of the Crucified Soldier from the First World War and depicts a Canadian soldier crucified on a barn door and surrounded by jeering Germans. It is now on show at the Canadian War Museum. The authenticity of the event upon which the sculpture was crafted was never established, though several soldiers claimed to have seen the body of the victim on display.
Crucifixion was a Roman idea. It was designed to cause the most pain and most shame. It is said that the Romans crucified hundreds of thousands of people during their rule, one of the key methods of keeping control over those they had conquered. For most, it was a long excruciating death. In fact, our word excruciating comes from the same Latin word from which the word crucifixion is derived. Paul uses the same root word when he says this in Galatians 5:24: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.” There is always some pain when we nail our sinful nature to the cross. In our flesh we want to hang onto that which pleases us. Just as Jesus had to lay down His own will in the Garden of Gethsemane, we are called to lay down our passions and sinful desire. It is an act of the will that we often wrestle with as Jesus wrestled with his human will. We need to pray as He did, “nevertheless, not my will be done but yours.” What in your life do you need to nail to the cross today?
These have been words from the heart.