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Hebrews Devotional #10: Course Nails


Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. – Hebrews 12:3


Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We set our minds to contemplate…

…How your Son, without complaint or protest,

Walked a long rough trail

Up the side of a hill

Carrying heavy wooden crossbeam

Punished to the brink of death

Having received course nails into flesh

…How your Lamb, without struggle for freedom

Allowed himself to be hoisted

On a rough-hewn pole

Thirst unquenched by water or wine

Abandoned by God and Human, exposed

Victim in the Passover drama

…How your Child, without malice or hate

Suspended above people and earth

Spoke words of startling grace:

“Father, forgive, they know not what they do”

“Today, you will join me in paradise”

“Into your hands I commend my spirit”

“It is finished.”

May we not grow weary or lose heart.



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