Monday, May 7, 2018

The Cross

Webster's dictionary tells us a cross is an upright post with a bar across it near the top, on which the ancient Romans and criminals put people to death; it is the figure of the cross that is a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus and the Christian religion. We often use the word "cross" to describe the trouble we have to bear or crossing something out of written material, etc.

The cross on which Christ died is for Christians a reminder of the basis of our salvation. We do not worship the cross, however; but we worship the One who paid for our salvation on Calvary's cross. Christ made salvation for mankind possible. We do not worship the cross but we worship the Christ of the cross.

Crucifixion is believed to have been invented first by Barbarians and then by Greeks and Romans, and it is without doubt the most cruel method of execution. It delayed death so the victim would endure torture. Sometimes the victim on the cross could suffer for days before death occurred. Those who put Jesus to death on the cross apparently thought they would now be rid of Him. But they were terribly mistaken. He arose from the grave victoriously over death. That is what Easter is all about.

Have you accepted Christ as your personal Savior? If you have not, you need to do it if you want to go to heaven after your death (cf. John 3:16).