Numerous women and men wear it as an ornament around the world. Many religious families hang it in their homes. It is associated with religious gestures. It has become a marker for those who have rested in peace. Also, it has become one of the most prominent official religious emblems in the world. It is the cross!
Times have changed. Back in the old days, a cross is a form of torture and execution. They thought of crucifixion as a disgustingly cruel form of punishment. The cross was called the “infamous stake,” the “criminal wood,” and the “most evil cross”. Cicero, the Roman statesman regarded crucifixion as “the cruelest and most terrible punishment”. Josephus, the Jewish historian called it “the most pitiable of deaths”. If I go into the details of crucifixion, you would surely understand it is one of the most horrifying and insulting ways to execute a person. Strangely, Jesus Christ chose to die on a cross. He did it for love. He wanted to show us the way to God. He is the Saviour who loves us!
Although times have changed, the message of the cross of Jesus Christ remains the same. It is a symbol of God’s unending love and redemption! Let’s ponder Luke 23:26.
26As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26 NLT)
Let’s pose a question to God. “Dear Jesus Christ, can I have a deeper appreciation of Your love?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Pray that you can have a deeper appreciation of God’s love.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share with a seeker of Christ the love of Jesus Christ that you have experienced.