Nailed it!

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.  – Colossians 2:6-15 [ESV]

Big Island East Coast | Hawaii | March 2022

“Nailed it!” That’s a complement in the photo club of which I am a member. Exposure, composition, impact, technical treatment, printing, mounting, matting: all spot on. Everything is just perfect. When we meet, three or four members are asked to fill out judging sheets that tally scores from 1-10 in similar categories. The totals run from 15 (a very low 5 in three categories of certain entries) to as high as 40 (a perfect 10 in each of four categories in other special entries). One club member would occasionally even. give zeros! But his scores so tilted the average that they were often not factored. Our thought was that if you bring in a photo you get at least a 5 in each category. Very few deserve either a 15 or a 40. But some come close!

Anything less than perfect is unacceptable to God. He is 100% committed to pure and perfect love, obedience, and faithfulness. And the sentence in that regard for us mere mortals is death. There is no one righteous. Not even one. That’s one reason we Christians ought to be the most humble people on the planet. We know we’re not perfect. We know and admit that we have sinned. In thought, word, and deed. We’ve done the things we ought not to have done. We’ve left undone the things we ought to have done. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not loved God first and most and always above all. We have sinned. We were dead in our tresspasses and sins. 

But we who were dead, God has made alive. Buried with him in baptism, we have been raised to newness of life. Our trespasses have all been forgiven and the record of debt that we owed on account of our sins has been cancelled! It’s been nailed to the cross. God nailed it!

God did that through the only One who every completely nailed it in all of life and death. Jesus Christ, in whom the fullness of deity dwells bodily lived perfectly in our stead. Then he paid the ultimate price for us who have failed to do so. He was nailed to the cross. And along with him our certificate of sin was also nailed. There is no more record of it. 

Satan may still accuse. He may insinuate his way into our lives and try to take us down. But he has no power. He has been disarmed. His threats are empty. His power is drained. He can only bluster. I look forward to the day I don’t have to take that in faith, but will experience it by sight. I look forward to the grand celebration of Jesus’ triumph over all his enemies. He is my lord and my hero. He nailed it…for you and for me! 

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