People connect the Cross with Christianity. Christians often view the Cross as a punishment that Jesus had to undergo in the hands of the Romans. While the Cross is an object of affection, many dont want to have to do anything with it and some even hate it because it convicts of sin, and commands to surrender totally.
But what is the Cross? It is more than two pieces of wood, on which Jesus was crucified. It is God’s billboard of love for his people. To comprehend the Cross is to understand the fullness of God’s love. It is the breadth, the length, and depth and height of the love of Christ [that passeth all knowledge]. And Jesus said, “Take up your cross [daily] and follow me” (Luke 9:23). The Cross is not merely an ornament to be worn, but an ordinance (command) to be borne.
Point(s) to ponder:
Are you/I wearing the Cross or bearing the Cross?
Ephesians 3:17-19 (KJV)
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Luke 9:23-24 (KJV)
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.