Oak Hills Church of Christ
19595 1H10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257
since 1988- 3000 members
Best-selling author, has sold over 16 million
Numerous Gold Book Awards, Gold Medallion Awards
and ECPA/CBA Christian Book of the Year
MA & BA, Abilene Christian University
Former missionary to Brazil
Married to Denalyn, 3 daughters
Lucado: He Chose The Nails
The 700 Club
-- Best-selling author and Pastor Max Lucado appears on the 700 Club
to discuss the crucifixion.
He Chose The Nails
Because the life of Christ and His crucifixion have been talked about
so much, Lucado wanted a fresh way to present the truth of the Gospel.
After praying about it, he chose to present the cross this time from the
vantage point of the inanimate objects present at the cross - the crown
of thorns, the nails, His garment, wine-soaked sponge, the soldiers spit.
Because God doesn't do anything by happenstance, Lucado says each part
of the crucifixion is important. Of the soldiers' spit, Lucado says the
soldiers were not told to spit at Jesus, but the evil inside of them made
them do it. "Jesus didn't wipe it off. No angel helped him," Lucado says.
Instead Lucado says to: "Allow the spit of the soldiers to symbolize
the filth in our hearts. And then observe what Jesus does with our filth.
He carries it to the cross." Of the wine-soaked sponge he says that Jesus
endured thirst through the pain and suffering, not having a drink since
the Last Supper, so that as He died on the cross we would know that He
understood our sufferings. We can trust Him. "Jesus' message through the
wine-soaked sponge is this: I am that person. Trust Me."
After the concept of He Chose The Nails came to him, Lucado called
his team around him. Lucado says he's never known anyone else to write
the story of the cross from that angle. He sensed the Lord's kindness
and now has seen the project grow. They prayed for a million booklets
and one million have already been ordered.
Lucado says although he always writes from the heart, this book is for
the head and heart. He did a lot of research to give readers the biblical
knowledge behind the words. It presents the core doctrine of our faith.
Since publishing his first book in 1985, Lucado has enjoyed tremendous
and unexpected success as a writer. The youngest of four children, Lucado
grew up in the small West Texas town of Andrews. His father Jack was an
oil-field mechanic and his mother Thelma was a nurse. His family was very
committed to their local Church of Christ.
Lucado became a Christian at age 10, but went through a teen phase from
14-18 where "I just sowed more than my share of wild oats," he says. He
remembers coming home drunk one night as a sophomore in high school and
vomiting in the bathroom. The next morning he was so disappointed that
he'd saddened his father. This incident would have a profound effect on
Lucado as he would learn of God's grace through the actions of his father.
"When I was understanding who God is and how God forgives, I saw how
my father forgave me in that instance," Lucado says. One night after high
school graduation, Lucado and his buddy James were sitting in a pickup
in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly drinking beer, when Lucado turned
to James and said, "There's got to be more to life than this."
"That was a river bend for me," he says. Lucado enrolled at Abilene Christian
College, and later rededicated his life to Christ during a revival.
His spent time in Miami where he met his future wife Denalyn. They married
about 10 months later. He began preaching and writing in Miami. He always
loved writing, and Denalyn says he would stay up late doing it. It was
exciting to him.
Lucado is a missionary at heart - having spent years ministering in Brazil,
and his greatest desire is to share the Gospel through his writing. He's
been so successful at it that he has not taken a salary from his church
in 10 years.
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