The term “tougher than nails” usually depicts a person who can face any type of circumstance and come out winning in the end. The circumstances that occur that leave a person with such a reputation usually stem from some feat of great physical or mental strength or even a combination of the two.
Early in my career, I worked with a Fire Captain who had the reputation of being “tougher than nails”. He was about 5’ 10” tall and carried approximately 225 lbs. of solid muscle. He was the human version of a pit bull. This man was raised in “Hell’s Kitchen” in New York, lived through active duty as a WWII Marine, survived life threatening circumstances that the job of firefighting threw his way, and hung drywall as a second job away from the fire station for over 30 years. This man was intimidated by nothing and every man that ever walked into his presence knew he was in charge. Yet, he was a very humble, God-fearing man.
Years later something sparked my memory of him and during my reminiscing I realized a major reason he could carry that reputation was because of his relationship with Christ. Most people think of Jesus as a pacifist, teaching and preaching peace throughout the regions. I won’t argue against that view point because He did come to us out of love. But let’s not forget, anyone who could go through what Jesus went through during His last 12 hours on this earth is without a doubt, the toughest man to ever walk this planet.
There have been plenty of people that have gone through hard times, but Jesus did this while being innocent and having the ability to change His circumstances at any moment…yet He endured. Not only did He endure the nails that were heinously driven into His wrists and feet, but He endured the mocking while on the cross, yet, He never did anything wrong. You want to talk about someone being “tougher than nails”? Jesus Christ was “tougher than nails” and He has the scares to prove it…