What does the symbol of the cross mean to you? To many people, the cross is merely an archaic emblem. To others, the cross invokes feelings of guilt or confusion. Some churches even see it as a hindrance to attracting nonbelievers.
The cross proclaims that the wages of sin are fully paid and that the perfect sacrifice has been fully offered.
Yet the early believers chose the cross as their symbol for a special reason. There were many symbols of Jesus' earthly ministry to represent them. They could have chosen a manger to represent where baby Jesus was born. They could have chosen a boat, representing that from which Jesus taught the crowd in Galilee. They could have chosen an apron, like what Jesus wore when He washed the disciples' feet. They could have chosen a throne or a crown to represent His divine and sovereign rule.
But instead they chose the cross that proclaims that the wages of sin are fully paid and that the perfect sacrifice has been fully offered. Through the cross, we have redemption and life with Christ in heaven. Through the cross, we know that sin has been defeated.
How do you view the cross? How do you allow the cross to impact your life, to motivate you, to inspire you? How often do you thank God for the cross?
Prayer: God, thank You for the cross and for all that it means. Thank You for defeating sin through the cross and for the eternal life that I have because of it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18).