I have to admit that writing about the crucifixion may not coincide with our thanksgiving plans for most people but it is exactly the reason to be thankful. I was looking for a picture that showed engraving. I found some, mostly coins being struck an image, and some with pottery. Ironically, we are struck by the image of a loving savior who gave His life freely, and He is shaping our lives on the potter’s wheel.
While I was looking for something like silver or gold, the words on a pocket watch or fine piece of jewelry, something sentimental. It is the purity of His sacrifice, that allows us to walk a street of gold, the words of God so pure tried in the fire, the redemption of silver, that is monumental.
Some craftsmen are gifted and fashion fine silver trays and monogram in the initials. Some cruel and vicious men skilled in torture monogrammed our names into the hands of Jesus with spike, and He would have allowed Him to endure, and for me. Yes, with tears in my eyes, I am thankful. The line from the song Why? by Michael Card says it all that, ” His love would have held Him there. ”
He will one day tell the Jews that He received the wounds in house of His friends and they will weep and mourn as they look upon the one whom they have pierced. They will shed many tears. It was not the Jews, not the Romans, not Judas, not even the devil who crucified Him. He did it to Himself, to save us, as unworthy as we are. And I truly hope someone will read this or that this post gets shared a lot because so many should hear that, what He did for us all. It is up to us to receive that love.
I like to study Hebrew and indeed encoded in the text is the phrase, that spelled out bereshyt, the house of the highest one will be destroyed by His own hand on a cross. That is pretty amazing that we are learning how much more He loved us that we could have ever imagined. He would have saved everyone, but not everyone is willing to be saved or follow Him.
The only man made things in heaven are His scars, He is reminded of us always. So the carving of His hand on a cross, is representative of engraving, not silver or a fine piece of etched glass but it tells His story. And we have so much to be thankful for, grace, grace and more grace, for He has redeemed us, called us by name and it is engraved on the palms of His hand, a safe place to be in a world of troubles. Rest in that promise.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16. though the promise to Jerusalem, we are grafted into the covenant as believers. Just as your name may have been put on your Bible, it is in the Book of Life, and in His palms. Sealed by the Spirit of Promise. Ephesians 4:30 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. John 10:29
Crucifixion would not let the weight of man be held totally through the palm, so it was likely more through the wrists and base of the palm. Either, way it was horrible but brought heaven to those who believe. Won’t you praise Him and give thanks today, and be safe and at rest? Resting in His peace and love, in the palm of His hand. Rebecca Jones / pexels