Volume 6 No 2

Have you ever wondered why the cross was chosen as a symbol of our faith? How is it that a means of execution, devised by the Romans to be the most horrendous and painful imaginable, came to epitomise hope and love. In fact, the term excruciating was coined in order to describe the unbearable pain of the cross.

Wouldn’t it seem rather macabre to hang a bronze replica of an electric chair on your wall, or a replica of a silver guillotine around your neck? Yet this symbol of death fills the lives and homes of Christians around the world as a reminder of Who’s we are and God’s eternal love for us. Only God is able to take humankind’s darkest moments and turn them into something positive; an unjust execution into the central point of mankind’s hope.

The cross is such a simple structure yet deep in symbolism. A single vertical beam pointing upwards and reminding us of the importance of our relationship with God, intersected by a single horizontal beam reaching out wide to embrace all of mankind, as Christ did with open arms, and as we should. And at this intersection hung our Saviour, the One who brought both together in reconciliation.

As we celebrate God’s love during this Easter season, let’s focus not on bunnies and eggs but rather remember what really happened on the cross:

“God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God” (2 Corinthians 5:19-21 Message).

Have a truly meaningful and blessed Easter!


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