It is hardly surprising to find that as the Easter season approaches stories like the following emerge!
- Jesus crucifixion nails ‘found’. Two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb, according to a new film… Read the report here.
- ‘Thorn from Jesus’s crucifixion crown’ goes on display at British Museum. Read the story here.
Such stories are usually a lot of popish nonsense, harking back to the dark ages when the, at times gruesome, relics of saints and heroes of the Roman Catholic Church were paraded for the benefit of the faithful. This is just an evidence of the increasing superstition and mystical ignorance of the religious world today. That there are many who actually get excited about such claims is just evidence of the apostasy of this age. It is the same darkness and ignorance that prompts professing Christians to wear a cross or crucifix in the misguided fallacy that the presence of a symbol is a spiritual talisman that brings them closer to Christ.
The response of the Bible-believer to such claims of relics can justifiably be, So what? Even IF these claims were true what possible spiritual advantage can be conveyed through ancient nails or thorns? Spiritual benefits are never conveyed through physical contact with such relics. Spiritually beneficial contact with Christ is exclusively by faith. It is as faith grasps the doctrine of the cross-work of the Saviour that the soul is converted and edified thereafter, NOT as our fingers touch some supposed relic of the cross. The use of ancient relics to stimulate ‘holy’ feelings is carnality and worldliness at its finest. Sinful mankind always prefers a god and religion that he can touch and feel – as opposed to the spiritual and eternal realities that Biblical truth demands we consider and believe. Saving faith is defined Biblically as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is exercised in these invisible matters rather than in tangible, material things.
When the Apostles preached Christ crucified they did not drag around images of the cross nor chunks from it! Even though many early disciples would have been in a position to obtain these things having been present at the actual crucifixion. As Paul put it: it is the preaching of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18), rather than feeling or seeing pieces of wood or thorns etc, that was all important in the Apostolic church.