Most people wouldn’t bat an eye about this question. They nailed him to the cross. They say that “due to science” we can determine that Jesus wasn’t nailed through the hands because the hands are too weak to hold the weight. They would have nailed him through the wrists. That’s all well and good but I believe if it went through the wrists, it would have said wrists, and the fact that they commonly used ropes to tie the arms down would have taken a lot of weight off of the hands. I’m getting off track, so let’s get back.
The question about what held Jesus onto the cross is one that most people know the answer to but never REALY think about. Was it the nails, the ropes, or maybe the fact that he was almost skinned after going through the cat o’ nine tails? The blood would have been drying up and getting sticky. Kind of gross, I know, but needs to be said to remind us of the severity of his sacrifice.
42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
Jesus was mocked and spit on. He was tempted to call on the angels of God and be saved. He didn’t have to stay on that cross; he had the power to get down anytime he wanted. He could have just yelled, “STOP” and time would have stood still. But he didn’t. So it wasn’t the nails or the rope or anything physical that held him to that cross. So what did?
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Love! Love is the one thing in life that everyone aspires too. Everyone wants to be loved, and it is the one thing in all of creation that is strong enough to hold God to that cross. Not love for the physical world but love for you and I. He loved us so much; he was willing to be rejected so that we didn’t have to be. He didn’t want us to feel the pain of being apart from him, that same pain he feels every day. Love is the only thing that could ever make God do anything.