Cross stands alone as the most controversial symbol in
world history! Without question it has also been---and
IS ABUSED, MISUSED AND WORSHIPED. Some of the world's
greatest abuse has been done in front of the Cross.
Cross today graces the top of church steeples, hangs in
churches and is on the front of most Bibles. For many
Christians the sign of the cross is at birth, baptism,
communion, marriage, and death.
carrying has never been viewed in a true historical
sense 'a pleasure'
or in early years 'a work of art' or an 'object of
horrible bloody agonizing, tortured death on crosses. It
was the symbol of the worst in man. Even most ancient
Christian art is full of blood in its scene of the
crucifixion. The art shows suffering and agony a very
ugly picture. Yet the modern cross is cleaned up, gone
is the blood, gone are the swarming flies that would be
crawling about on the face of the crucified, gone is the
smell of death and the ring of hammer against nail as it
tears through the skin. NOW the cross is gold or silver
and perhaps studded with diamonds or emeralds.
In the days
of the cross people would see one and vomit, look away
in disgust or ridicule it. TODAY we say:
'It looks so
you buy yours? ''What did it cost?'
no first century follower of Jesus would ever utter. Do
you see how shallow we've become? How lost? You don't
buy a Cross you carry a Cross Jesus said.
What did it
cost? It cost the Father His Son---and the Son---His
life. What does the Cross cost you? EVERYTHING
'Should anyone come after me let him deny himself, take
up his cross and follow me.' The true follower of Jesus
has forsaken self, has taken up his cross (instrument of
death) and is following Jesus. We can wear a cross and
look good but in the heart have you crucified self,
taken up your cross and are you following Jesus? Its the
heart God sees and knows.
Protestants in smug superiority condemn the Catholics
for having the image of Jesus on the cross. Or a Jesus
like a super sports hero who always wins! NO, The real
Man Jesus carried a REAL Cross, shed REAL blood,
suffered in a REAL body, and his REAL dead body was
taken down and buried in a tomb.
Real drops of blood in the garden the night before He
was crucified. He prayed to the Father "if it is
possible let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my
will but Thy will be done!" Within hours a scourged,
bloody and tortured Jesus is carrying a Cross toward
Calvary. No beautiful cross there, No-one saying 'this
cross would look good on you!' Horror of horrors----how
could we, even worse how do we? At that Cross no
cheering crowds, no wild adulation, no long ovation of
applause ONLY jeers, mockery, curses, nails, blood and a
cross as the Son of God bought our souls with his life!
modern people the importance of symbols is almost lost
yet the message they can convey is awesome and biblical.
Symbols are very important in the Bible.
Garden of Eden God made for Adam and Eve, a covering of
skin to cloth them from their nakedness after their sin.
God did the first killing--a life was given! blood was
shed! a covering was made!
years afterward was told by God to kill his son upon a
wooden altar. Just as Abraham was lifting up the knife,
God stopped him and said there is a ram caught in the
bush, offer him instead. Again, a life was given, blood
was shed, a covering was made!
In Egypt as
God was leading Moses to lead the Hebrews out of bondage
God had the people kill a lamb, put the blood over the
doorpost, a covering was made to keep the death angel
away. Again a life was given, blood was shed, a covering
in the temple in Jerusalem the high priest, once a year
would kill a spotless Lamb, its blood would be sprinkled
on the altar, a covering for the sins of the people.
Once again a life was given, blood was shed, a covering
God offered up His Son Jesus, His life was given, Jesus'
blood was shed, a covering was made for our sins. But
not just a covering JESUS TAKES AWAY THE SIN, JESUS
FORGIVES SIN, JESUS CLEANSES FROM SIN, JESUS WASHES AWAY