Men with weapons of war came after the One sent from the God of Peace to help mankind find peace with the God.
In the strength of their flesh they brought weapons to subdue, to conquer and to overcome. Their sweaty, sin-stained hands gripped blunt, wooden clubs drawn in anticipation of silencing the mouth of the innocent One who preached and purchased the salvation they were rejecting.
They did not know the ironic foreshadowing spoken by their powerless wood-hewn clubs.
The same word that was translated “stave” was also translated “tree.”
Their first weapons, the clubs, wielded no power. Their second weapon, the cross used to crucify our Lord, was the greatest form of torture. The wooden beams brought suffering to the Lord Jesus, but what they meant for evil, God meant for good.
in His own body on the tree,
They had no power in their staves, but we have power in the tree, because the grossest weapon of cruel murder was the greatest tool of salvation.
May we praise, thank and adore Him for enduring the the torture of men’s wooden weapons, while bearing our sins on the Cross.
Our joyful response for Him dying for us, should be to fully live for Him.