It is beautiful to have an opportunity to worship God.  Duct tape is a useful tool for many purposes.   God did not use duct tape to fix our sins.  He used nails.   

The nails represent the suffering of Christ.  Sometimes we forget that Jesus suffered physically as well as spiritually. 

Christ’s Sufferings were Extreme

  • Foretold

Psalm 22:1-18, Isaiah 53:1-12,  

  • At the Cross

Matt. 26:36-27:50, Mark 14:32-15:37, Luke 22:39-23:46, John 18:1-19:30 

  • In The New Testament

Luke 22:15, Acts 3:18 

  • Deity Became Man

Phil. 2:5-8, Hebrews 2:9-10

Jesus willing suffered 

Jesus accomplished what he was called to do by sacrificing himself.

1 Peter 1:10-11 

Why did Jesus have to suffer?

  • God was in Christ Jesus

2 Cor. 5:18-21

God experienced the pain because God was there.   The sins and rejection were with God from the beginning.  God has taken the worst we have to offer and provides a way for us to make it right.

Romans 12:18   God doing what is necessary for us to be at peace with him.  We are all part of the reason God sent his son.

  • Loving as We are Loved

John 15:12-13, 17

Jesus gave his life for us.  He is calling on us to love others as he loved us.  Take all the hatred, anger, and prejudice from others and still see a person worthy of love. 

—Robert Lee, 4-16-06, a.m.

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