This is Part 7 in our Sermon Series “Small Matters.” We have looked at little known characters in the Bible who don’t make most “Who’s Who” lists of the Bible, but who’s contribution to the story of Mankind & God is significant.
This week’s “Small Matters” people aren’t even mentioned in the Bible, but their part in the Story of Mankind & God is significant, if not of ultimate importance. Who are we talking about? The Blacksmiths who made the nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Why do these people warrant a place in this Sermon Series, especially at the beginning of the Lenten period? Let’s un-pack it all and see!
Nail (Noun) - a slender, typically rodshaped rigid piece of metal, usually in any ofnumerous standard lengths from a fraction of an inch to severalinches and having one end pointed and the other enlarged andflattened, for hammering into or through wood, other building materials, etc.
Nail (Verb) –
to fasten with a nail or nails, to make fast or keep firmly in one place or position.
Nailed (Expression) – often followed by the word “it”
is a phrase used to express success after achieving something seemingly difficult with relative ease or even as much to accomplish perfectly.
The phrase “nailed it” is often used when describing something with amazing accuracy or defining something perfectly using a picture, demonstrative expression imitating something, etc.
Considering the action of nailing Christ to the cross – it did indeed require all the tenses of this key word to accomplish the purpose of God.
First of all, let’s consider the blacksmiths. These were men who created objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. It was their job to make all things metal, it was their job to make spears, swords – instruments of danger, destruction and war. This was how they supported their families. How they fed and clothed their wives and children – how they purchased soft clothes to swaddle their newborn babies!
And… These were the men who hammered metal into the shape of a nail – so that our Savior, Jesus Christ could be nailed to the cross. These were the men whom God the Father gave the gift of craftsmanship to – so that God could “nail” His plan for redemption, thereby providing atonement for mankind through the sacrifice of His only Son. How did His plan work out? God literally “nailed it”!
Then… Because the Blacksmiths had done their job well – the soldiers were capable of accomplishing the rest of the process.
“After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice”. - Matthew 27:35
“Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice[a] to decide who would get each piece.” - Mark 15:24
“When they came to a place called The Skull,[a] they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.” - Luke 23:33
“There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them.” - John 19:18
They nailed Jesus to the cross – and God let it happen! And that action, nailed, secured, our redemption once and for all.
Mr. Blacksmith, sir… Did you know that your sins made the nails needed for your redemption? Did you know that there was one more element needed for these nails beyond your tools of your trade and the hot fire you worked over almost every day? Mr. Blacksmith, sir… did you know the nails you hammered into shape had your name on them? Did you know that as the nails you made were hammered through the flesh of the Son of Man that your eternal destiny was “nailed” once and for all? Are you sad about your sins? Do you hate your sins? Your nails were used – in a most cruel fashion – are you horrified? Are you happy? Are you horrified and happy and the same time?
Many years ago, in a missions school a little girl was sitting on the front seat when the Superintendent was telling about how they hanged Jesus on the cross. Tears came to her eyes, and she had to get up and go out. In the afternoon she came back smiling; and the superintendent asked her, “Mary, where did you go this morning?” And she said, “Oh, teacher! I could not stand it when you spoke to us about Jesus being nailed on the cross; for I felt just as if I helped to pound the nails in; and I went off a little piece from the school, and got down on my knees, and told Jesus that my sins helped to hang Him on the cross; and I asked Him to please forgive me for helping to kill Him; that I was sorry… and now I am happy.”
My Friends… Do you feel what that little girl felt? Do you realize, you too, are a Blacksmith?
Romans 5:6 – “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”
God “Nailed It!”