Jesus Christ died upon a Roman cross some 2,000 years ago outside the city of Jerusalem. That is a fact of history. Today THE CROSS is a famous symbol all over the world. But have you ever stopped to think about what it really means?
The Bible teaches that what happened to Jesus was actually the most important event in the history of the world. If that is true, then we need to know why it happened and why it matters to you.
A symbol of fashion…
Today, many people wear a cross around their necks or in their ears as a piece of jewellery. But the real cross wasn’t something pretty to look at. It was a thing of horror and shame and death. Yet Jesus, the eternal Son of God, was willing to go there and die – why?
“He was despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3)
That was written over 700 years before Jesus was born.
A symbol of something wrong…
A tick marks where we are right. A cross marks where we are wrong. A familiar sight to many of us as school children! And we are all guilty of wrong. The Bible calls it SIN. It was because of our wrong that Jesus went to the cross.
“…once for all at the end of the age, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:26)
Jesus was the only person in history who never sinned. This is why He alone was qualified to be the Saviour.
A symbol of love…
Why die for another’s wrong? Because of love. If someone puts crosses at the bottom of your birthday card, you know that they are showing their love for you. The death of Jesus on the cross is the proof that God loves sinners like us: He was dying in our place, for our wrong.
“But God showed His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
This was the most incredible display of love ever seen.
A symbol of treasure…
A cross on a map sometimes marks the spot where treasure is to be found. What the Lord Jesus was willing to give up on the cross was the most valuable thing in the world.
“…you were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18,19)
Someone once said of Jesus, “He paid a debt He did not owe, for those who owed a debt they could not pay”.
A symbol of luck…
Many people are superstitious. Some think that a cross has some kind of magical quality that will keep them from bad luck or danger. There is great power in what Christ did upon the cross. There on the cross He made a payment for sin, and the power of death itself was broken. Jesus’ resurrection proves it:
“…declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4)
The risen Christ is the One we need to trust in, not a cross of metal, wood or plastic.
A symbol of decision…
In an election we mark who we want to vote for by putting a cross in the box next to their name. You need to decide what to do about Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. The cross of Jesus demands that we make a choice, either to believe in Him or to reject Him. This is the biggest decision there is. Two thieves were crucified on either side of Jesus. One believed Him, but the other did not. One was forgiven and went to heaven. The other rejected Jesus and went to hell.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
Which side of the cross are you on?