- A symbol to distinguish christians
- A fashion ornament for celebrities and urban style
- A shorthand in writing for Jesus
- An illustration of Easter
- A sign for a church
- Something we link with Jesus
- The way Jesus died
I think we have all, christians included, forgotten the true meaning and significance of the cross. In the roman empire, crucifixion, or execution on a cross, was the most gruesome punishment considered. So much so, that roman citizens were exempt to being sentenced to death this way - subject to overrule by the emperor. The cross symbolised death in its most horrific form.
When we see a cross and speak of the cross, and even associate ourselves with the cross, we should be reminded of the lengths that Jesus went to take away our sins - his death on the cross. We should be reminded of the mercy of God - that we were destined to die, an eternal death, and God sent Jesus to take our place on the cross that we associate ourselves with. And we also should be reminded of our lives too - in light of Jesus on the cross. Our response is a life being a living sacrifice to worship God.
So what does the cross mean to you? Is it just two straight lines intersecting? Is it just an ornament? Or is it much more?