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Nail Pierced Hands

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Take a Look!

Take a Look! “...then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace, be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side.…” (John 20:26-27)

These words were spoken by Jesus Christ to the apostle Thomas after Jesus had risen from the dead. “Doubting” Thomas said he wouldn’t believe Jesus had risen until he could witness for himself, Jesus standing before him in the flesh, bearing the wounds He had suffered on the cross. And so in an act of Divine accommodation, Jesus did so.

Most people will point to the skepticism and doubt of Thomas as the object lesson we should be learning from; that is, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) But I say to you, there is something other than this we should be looking to as well; another lesson is here for all to see. Right now, stop reading and look down at the palms of your hands. What do you see? Do you see hands that have been nail pierced? Do your hands bear the wounds of crucifixion? Can you say to your neighbor, “Reach forth your finger and put it into my hands.”? Can you enter the throne room of heaven, holding your hands up to God the Father and cry aloud to Him, “IT IS FINISHED! THY WILL HAS BEEN DONE!”? If you can, then you can save yourself. If you cannot, then take a look and see the wounds in the hands of Christ and hear what they speak of.

The Wounds of Christ

The Divine wounds of Christ are marks that He alone bears.
  1. They are the prophetic symbols showing that the Old Testament prophecies, concerning the death of the coming Messiah for the sins of the world, were fulfilled: “...because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many.… (prophet Isaiah; Isaiah 53:12)
  2. They are God’s stamp of approval on His Son’s sacrificial death for the sins of mankind. “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin.… (Isaiah 53:10)
  3. They are Christ’s I.D. card identifying Him as the sacrificial Lamb of God. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
  4. They are the shields which protect us from God’s wrath. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9)
  5. They are the medallions of God’s love for sinful humanity, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  6. They are the insignia of the Life-Giver, who alone has the power to grant eternal life. “As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He [Jesus] should give eternal life to as many as Thou [God the Father] hast given Him.” (John 17:2)
  7. They are the badges of authority through which Christ alone can rightfully declare, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)

Hands of Salvation

Many people try to justify themselves before God on the basis of what they perceive to be “good” deeds done by the work of their hands. Others try to combine faith in Jesus with their good works or sacraments as a means of getting them into heaven. Whenever this happens, people need to look down at their hands and see if they are nail pierced. It is Christ alone who had nails driven into His hands and feet. It is Christ alone who had the spear thrust into His side. It is Christ alone who wore the crown of thorns. It is Christ alone who died on the cross and it was Christ alone who rose from the dead. This was a solo act. Good deeds and sacraments done by defiled sinners can in no way contribute to this, for “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) On heaven’s altar, will God accept filthy rags next to the sinless blood of His Son, “who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”? (Hebrews 7:26) How can the death and resurrection of the sinless Christ be insufficient to save? Where do you see a blemish or imperfection in this perfect sacrifice so that it needs to be added to? If it is your sins which keep you out of heaven, and you can have forgiveness of sins through Christ, what more do you need? Look down at your hands one last time and see if they are nail pierced. If they are not, then you are in need of the Savior. You are not in need of good deeds. You are not in need of sacraments. You are in need of Jesus Christ who was nailed to the cross for you. Let go of everything that is hindering you from trusting in Christ alone, and grab hold of the Savior’s nail pierced hands. Make a decision to turn from sin and invite Jesus into your life. Place your complete trust in Him and His finished work on the cross. That’s the only way you’ll be forgiven and granted entrance into heaven. “For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Psalm 33:21, Romans 10:13) The hands which were pierced for you are sufficient to save you. Praise Jesus!