One of our acts of faith today in Revive (and Chapel A church) was to each supply a photo of a cross that we had made or seen in our homes. Some were photos, some were lego, some were paintings and some simply existed in the windows of our houses.
They remind us of the ultiamte sacrifice that Jesus made, that’s the point of Easter actually. Here’s those crosses edited together:
Mark Chapter 15 v21-26
21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
The Message of the Cross
Seeing all those images of crosses together is powerful, no matter whether or not you have a Christian faith. They represent sacrifice, salvation, innocence and love. When we look to modern times, to April 2020, to Coronavirus, we can also look at the multitude of nurses, doctors, carers, pharmasists, bin men, funeral directors, supermarket workers, dockers and a thousand more job titles of peoples who share those characteristics.
As we have hope in Jesus, we also have hope in those same people through their bravery. Now that’s a beautiful message of the cross if ever there was one.