The cross

The cross is the symbol of Christianity. People wear crosses as jewelry all over the world. The main reason is that Jesus died on a cross. It was an instrument of torture and death, and it’s purpose was to drain a person of all human dignity as they slowly died with hours even days of incalculable pain before a mob of watching spectators. So the cross symbolizes death, but it is also a symbol of new life, eternal life with God, because while Jesus hung on the cross God the Father took our sins and put them on Jesus and His agony and death paid the penalty of our sin. We get the free gift of eternal life if we accept this gift from Him because we believe that we need it. The cross is also the symbol of death and life as we live our life as a Christian. People,today do and say things to us and say things to others about us that wound, hurt, embarrass, violate our rights, and break our hearts. Most choose to get angry, retaliate, get bitter, and defend themselves, and it seems right, but is equivalent of Jesus calling 10,000 angels and wiping out the mob that was mocking Him as He hung on the cross or at least jumping off of the cross and telling people to go to hell, both which He had the power to do. Instead he stayed and died and the Father raised Him from the dead, exalted His name above every name, and gave us eternal life. God the Father gave His Son, that is, He is the one who put Him on the cross and Jesus submitted to it. God purposely puts us in situations where we are hurt, dishonored, and taken advantage of, and if we trust Him and humble ourselves He will exalt us and use us to give life to others, but it is our choice. Memory verses for the week, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 “Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9:23-24

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