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Apr 22

He Chose the Nails: What God Did To Win Your Heart by Max Lucado

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

What God Did To Win Your Heart.

It’s a captivating subtitle: What God Did To Win Your Heart.

Lucado’s challenge is to personalize the life and death of Christ.  
Lucado explains that Jesus’ proclamation “I did it just for you.” is his resounding, enduring and personalized message.

Lucado makes the case that the trial, judgment, and execution was not happenstance.  “Knowing his last deeds would be forever pondered, don’t you think he chose them carefully? Deliberately? Of course he did. There were no accidents that day.”

Proclaiming to the end, “I did it for you. I did it all for you.”

He Chose the Nails, like all the other books I’ve read by Max Lucado is accessible, pastoral and offers relevant application for daily life.

I enjoyed He Chose the Nails. I think you will too.  Here are some highlights:

1. You Did This for Me?

2. “I Will Bear Your Dark Side”
God’s Promise in the Soldiers’ Spit
“The sinless One took on the face of a sinner so that we sinners could take on the face of a saint.”

3. “I Loved You Enough to Become One of You”
God’s Promise in the Crown of Thorns
“…want to know the coolest thing about the One who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns? He did it for you. Just for you.”

4. “I Forgive You”
God’s Promise in the Nails
“And as the hands of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for you.”

5. “I Will Speak to You in Your Language”
God’s Promise Through the Sign
“It’s one thing to miss a message from your wife about cleaning up a room. It’s something else entirely to miss one from God about the destiny of your life.”

6. “I Will Let You Choose”
God’s Promise Through the Two Crosses
As Jesus hung on the cross he hung near two men, “And when one prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him. And when the other mocked, Jesus loved him enough to let him. He allowed him the choice. He does the same for you.”

7. “I Will Not Abandon You”
God’s Promise in the Path
Beware of two lies that drive you from Jesus, “Pride says, ‘You’re too good for him.’ Shame says, ‘You’re too bad for him.’ Pride drives you away. Shame keeps you away.”

8. “I Will Give You My Robe”
God’s Promise in the Garment
“He did that (and that, and that, and that…) just for you.”

9. “I Invite You into My Presence”
God’s Promise Through the Torn Flesh
“Don’t trust your conscience. Trust the cross. The blood has been spilt and the veil has been split. You are welcome in God’s presence.”

10. “I Understand Your Pain”
God’s Promise in the Wine-Soaked Sponge
“A drowning sailor doesn’t call on another drowning sailor for help. A prisoner doesn’t beg another prisoner to set him free…Jesus’ message…is this: I am that person. Trust me.”

11. “I Have Redeemed You, and I Will Keep You”
God’s Promise in the Blood and Water
“When you and I stand in heaven to receive our prize, only one will know all of our sins, but he won’t embarrass you—he has already forgiven them.”

12. “I Will Love You Forever”
God’s Promise in the Cross
“When asked to describe the width of his love, he stretched one hand to the right and the other to the left and had them nailed in that position so you would know he died loving you.”

13. “I Can Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph”
God’s Promise in the Burial Clothing
“The Bible says that ‘in everything God works for the good of those who love him.’…do this simple exercise. Remove the word everything, and replace it with the symbol of your tragedy.”

14. “I Have Won the Victory”
God’s Promise in the Empty Tomb
God’s promises through Jesus extend through his birth, his ministry, his execution, and his movement that continues to this day.

15. What Will You Leave at the Cross?
“Do yourself a favor; take your anxious moments to the cross. Leave them there with your bad moments and your mad moments… and your final moments.”


Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 […] “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. I think we only have to look at the LOTR movies for the anewsr to your question, Jonathan. I should probably first clarify that I’m a very big fan of the movies, and have seen them all multiple times. Yet there are aspects of the movies that annoy me a little.Jackson threw a lot of violence into the movies. Battles scenes are epic and prolonged.The romance had to be drawn out. I wonder if I was the only one who didn’t like the scene where Aragorn falls off the cliff? Arwen/ his horse kiss him and wake him up (I mean seriously, what is up with that?)Or the fact that even the best of characters in Tolkien’s novels must have more bad attributes, like Farimir taking Frodo to Osgiliath.And Jackson has to add more drama to the tales. Frodo sends Sam away, and Sam actually leaves. Or the skulls in the Paths of the Dead, which pour out onto Aragorn, Legolas and Gimil.There are also instances that I think are more justified, such as Gimli as the comic relief dwarf (imagine watching 12 hours of film without a laugh. Or the omission of Tom Bombadil (another character who appears only shortly would probably just be confusing).However, my point, is that Jackson wanted to/ felt he had to sensationalize the story for our audience.

  2. Interesting perspective.
    Thanks for commenting!

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