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When I think about the Cross

When you think of a cross what comes to mind first?

What even is a cross and what does it symbolize?

The cross is an upright post with a transverse bar used for crucifixion. Crucifixion was a method of capital punishment in which the victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. It was used as a punishment by the Romans, among others. Crucifixion was most often performed to discourage its witnesses from committing a similar offense. Crucifixion was usually intended to provide a death that was particularly slow, painful, gruesome, humiliating, and public, using whatever means were most expedient for that goal.

While crucifixion was a means of execution it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Someone convicted to be crucified was usually stripped naked. Often the condemned were forced to carry the crossbeam to the place of execution. A whole cross would weigh well over 300lbs, but the crossbeam would not be as heavy, weighing around 100lbs. In popular depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus, Jesus is shown with nails in his hands. But in Greek the word "χείρ", usually translated as "hand", could refer to the entire portion of the arm below the elbow.

You are probably wondering why the grueling history lesson on crucifixion. You know what it is, you know how Jesus died and what He suffered.

You know the facts but do you really know? I am speaking to myself when I write and what I need to learn and grow in. I feel as though I have been lulled into a dangerous sleep by the noise and the chaos of the world. I want to wake up myself and those who have been lulled to sleep by the devil's lullabies. There is no room for complacency when it comes to the Cross of Christ. There is no option to forget the power of the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I don't think we even realize the God that we have fighting on our side. The power that He wields. THE POWER OF THE CROSS. The same power that rose Jesus out of the grave LIVES IN US!

The cross is more than a wall piece hanging at the front of your great aunt's Catholic Church.

It is more than a picture frame that decorates the bathroom wall.

It is more than the silver pendant that you wear around your neck.

It is more than the pink sparkly keychain attached to your purse.

Wearing a cross nowadays is more of a fashion statement than an association with Jesus Christ.

There are Crosses on everything and do people even realize in all the business of life who died on that Cross? What the cross stands for and represents?

Do we realize whose Cross it was to die on? Mine. It was my Cross. It was each of ours. It was my sin that drove the nails.

When I think about the Cross I see a man, the most perfect man. I see him bearing a cross with my name on it. Walking up the mountain of sin and shame that is a result of my decisions.

I see the hands that hold the scars and are ever so faithful to continually hold my heart.

I see the feet that carried Him up that mount, that traveled to this earth on a mission to save ME. To save YOU.

I see a man crucified for His perfection. For His righteousness. For His title of KING.

A portion from the poem I wrote says,

"He traded dignity for shame, respect for disgrace, just so He could take my place.

My place He took upon that tree so I had hope from a lost eternity.

He walked the walk and talked the talk and yet I criticized and mocked.

With pointed fingers and fists of fury I'm the one that swayed the jury."


Then... there was Jesus. He knew no sin, yet He became sin for us.

NEVER become complacent about the Cross of Christ. NEVER forget the sacrifice that provided you salvation. NEVER forget the Man that CARRIED your CROSS. NEVER forget the ONE who died in your place.

When we become complacent, the fire for the gospel begins to dim. Each of us must walk as a light for the KINGDOM of GOD. Everyone needs to hear about JESUS. Everyone needs to know of His saving grace and redemptive work at the Cross. Everyone needs to know that there is hope for the hopeless and rest for the restless.

Go and be a light for Jesus Christ & NEVER EVER forget the Cross of Christ.

Sincerely, Chelsea 💕


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