Some nails and a few pieces of wood-just think all the things you can do with them. Together they can be turned into almost anything, a house, a push cart or cubby, furniture for our homes. But we can also use them to build things that keep people apart, that cause hurt like a wall or fence.
Jesus was a tradie you know. His hands were used to the roughness of timber, the cold sharpness of nails. He knew how to use a saw and hammer to turn those raw materials into useful objects. I wonder, did he ever imagine that his tools of trade would be used against him, that wood and nails would be used to fashion a cross and to fasten him to it?
Have you ever wondered at how strong nails are? So sharp and penetrating, so small that you hardly ever see it but it holds everything together. Nails on their own could never fasten the Son of God to a piece of wood. It wasn’t the soldiers, or the Roman Governor Pilate that put Jesus on the cross. Jesus, chose to be nailed to the cross for you and me. A group of kids were once asked to define love. One little girl wrote; ‘God could have said magic words to make the nails fall off the cross but he didn’t, that’s love’. It is love for you that held Jesus to the cross. It was on the cross that Jesus carried all our hurts, all our wrongs, all the things that are broken and need to be fixed are mended on the cross.
And on Easter morning when Jesus’ friends went to his grave, and found it empty, and when they met Jesus alive, they realised that nothing can get in the way of God’s love. No matter who we are, what we do or where we are, nothing can stop God’s love from reaching out to every single one of us-and that’s what we celebrate again this Easter.
You loved this world so much, that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the light of Easter everyday and know your love which makes everything new. Help us to share this good news and show it to the world around us through the ways we love and care for each other. Watch over us this holiday time and keep safe all who travel. In your name we pray. Amen.