Apr 10, 2009

A Symbol of Faith

I love everything Max Lucado writes. I thought this piece about the meaning of the cross was especially timely on Good Friday. May your Easter weekend be especially blessed!

The Cross...by Max Lucado

The cross.

Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Perched atop a chapel. Carved into a graveyard headstone. Engraved in a ring or suspended on a chain. The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. An odd choice, don’t you think? Strange that a tool of torture would come to embody a movement of hope. The symbols of other faiths are more upbeat: the six-pointed star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, a lotus blossom for Buddhism. Yet a cross for Christianity? An instrument of execution?

Would you wear a tiny electric chair around your neck? Suspend a gold-plated hangman’s noose on the wall? Would you print a picture of a firing squad on a business card? Yet we do so with the cross. Many even make the sign of the cross as they pray. Would we make the sign of, say, a guillotine? Instead of the triangular touch on the forehead and shoulders, how about a karate chop on the palm? Doesn’t quite have the same feel, does it?

Why is the cross the symbol of our faith? To find the answer look no farther than the cross itself. Its design couldn’t be simpler. One beam horizontal—the other vertical. One reaches out—like God’s love. The other reaches up—as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other reflects the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.

How could he do this? In a sentence: God put our sin on his Son and punished it there.

“God put on him the wrong who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God” (2 Cor. 5:21 MSG).


Technonana said...

I Love Max!!! and this piece is excellent!!
May You be richly blessed this Easter!
He is Risen!!

grey like snuffie said...

Thanks for sharing this. I haven't read much of his work but every time something like this I think I should start reading him with intent. Blessings of all His best for you Kathy!

Judanna said...

Just beautiful, thanks for sharing.
Have a blessed Easter. Thank you for caring.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful post Kathy and Amen!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter and thanks for the yummy hot cross buns recipe!


Heather said...

Hi Kathy. Thanks for sharing this today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a glorious Easter!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like Max Lacado's writings, he is so upbeat and positive.
This is exceptional, I like the way he has positive words about the cross!