Years ago, we would say you hit the nail on the head, meaning you were right on target. Now, you might hear you nailed it, which could mean you not only hit it right on the head, but you drove it in. Hmm, I’ve hit some nails on the head before but just bent them and couldn’t drive them in, so I wasn’t able to secure my project.
When the Romans nailed Jesus to the cross, they wrote his charge and set his accusation over his head: “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Matthew 27:37)
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Colossians 2:14)
The word “handwriting” in Greek is cheirographon, something hand-written, a manuscript (especially, a legal document.)
It was a legal document of the Roman Empire of a debt that must be paid. If onecommitted crimes, they were listed on this document. It was nailed to their cell for all to see until the debt was paid.1
Jesus last words on the cross were “it is finished” – τελέω (tel-eh’-o)[G5055]. Strong’s defines “teleō” as finished, accomplished, fulfilled, paid, performed.2
To think, He took my sins and the sins of the world and nailed them to the cross. He paid our debt so we could be righteous through Him.
‘Talk about, when Jesus said, “It is finished,” He nailed it!
1Woetzel, D. (7/8/2003). It is Finished. Retrieved 2/6/2021 from www.icr.org/article/18923/
2Strong, J. (1890). Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Abingdon Press.