We tend to nail others to the cross for the bad things that they have done. The wrong choices they make. We nail them to the cross for doing the opposite of what we might have done. We do this adamantly, seemingly to bypass the fact that we all miss the mark in the eyes of God. We bypass the visuals of Jesus being nailed to the cross and how horrific that was. We bypass that we are the ones being nailed to the cross, how deeply painful that is. When your words tend to cut deeper than a knife, when your shoulders turn colder than the coldest winter ever; think and picture the nails going into Jesus' feet. Think and picture the nails going into His hands. Think and picture the crown of thorn piercing through His scull. Think of the countless amounts of people who turned their backs on Him and gave Him the cold shoulder, yet He died for them too. Yet He asks God to forgive them. So when you have the audacity to nail someone to the cross, they might be the very ones asking God to forgive you.
Sometimes we do not understand how much our words can affect another person until we are standing in those shoes, or when we can vividly see a picture such as the one of Jesus being nailed to the cross.
So, my questions to you today, who are you nailing to the cross? How many times have you missed the mark? Wouldn't you want Jesus to forgive you? Would Jesus nail you to the cross?
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."