The Christian cross is equated with Christendom. We see them inside and outside church buildings. We also see crosses worn as cross jewelry adorning the necks of both Christians and non-Christians.
In today's world, the cross has become a fashion statement. Crosses are possibly made more popular by the hip hop culture which started in the 1970s among the African-American youth and gain popularity both in the United States and Canada in the 2000s. Influenced by this bling bling or hip hop fashion, cross jewelry have become bigger and brighter.
The same can be said about Christian cross tattoos. With tattoos being an in-thing, we see the cross being inked onto arms, shoulders, legs and other parts of the body. For cross tattoos, the designs are more elaborate; usually with angel wings and other added details incorporated into the designs. A recent television production named Miami Ink makes tattooing an art form and Chris Garver, the main tattoo artist is said to be a tattoo master with a long list of celebrities as his clients.
The cross like the Christian Fish is a Christian symbol. To a Christian, the cross brings to mind the crucifixion of Christ.
Personally, the cross symbol is a reminder of the death of Jesus Christ; of how Jesus died on the cross to bring us back into a loving relationship with God, our Creator.
The Christian cross speaks to me of God's love for man. What is it about me and you that God would send His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us? He put on Christ the sin of the world, my sin and yours, and punished Him in our place. Jesus Himself knew that He was to die on the cross to bring us back to God. He, the just dying for the unjust; the sinless dying for the sinner. What great love is demonstrated on the cross of Calvary!
Some might say that God is a cruel God. That He sent man to hell. I say that He is a just and merciful God. He sent Jesus to save us from hell.
The cross also speaks to me of victory over death. At the cross, Jesus conquered death and the grave. Because we were justified, therefore God raised Jesus from the dead. His sacrifice on the cross was fully accepted by the Holy God. Jesus cried, "It is finished!" It is truly completed. His death on the cross, once and for all, took away our sins and made us acceptable unto God. The veil into the Holy of Holies was torn and we are able henceforth to enter freely into the very Presence of God.
The Christian cross is not a symbol of doom or failure but that of celebration; triumphant celebration of Jesus' resurrection - of God's love, and power - the central message of Easter and of the Christian faith.
It points to a loving God who reaches down to deliver man from the bondage of sin. It points to Jesus who willingly lay down His life for us. What love Jesus has for us!
Yes, the Christian cross stands as a witness to the ever-flowing love of God for mankind and the triumphant victory of God's awesome power over evil and death.
The Christian cross reminds me of the death of Christ; the beatings - the lashing on His back were all for you and me. The Bible said that; "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
The thorns in His head, the nails in His hands and feet, the spear in His side and the stripes on His back and not forgetting the blood He had shed for the remission of our sins.
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28
The cross speaks of salvation, forgiveness, healing, wholeness, well-being, we being made the righteousness of God in Him, protection, empowerment and all God's blessings - all these we receive daily in the new covenant Jesus made with us by His broken body and shed blood.
Oh! How glorious! How awesome! Praise be to God!
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