and it was the third hour, and they crucified him; (Mar 15:25 YLT)
The nails that held Jesus to the tree were not shaped by the heat of a fire, but forged by the burning wrath of God against sin. The force of the hammer that drove the nails pounded with the intensity of God’s love for His people. Yes, a fruitful tree of life awaits a man who repents and believes, but he must first kneel at the rugged wooden cross that God planted on a hillside outside Jerusalem. For it is at the foot of this tree that a man will first taste new life in Christ, the abundant life, lived for God and not for self.