Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Cross

Is the cross really understood by those who wear this symbol?

Does the cross still carry the same symbolic power?

Has the representation of the cross, sin, salvation become meaningless terms to you?

Is the cross a burden on you?

The cross the symbol of Christian religion.

The cross is one of the greatest symbols of mankind!

The cross is not only for Christian believers, but has signifiance through the experiences of everyman!

The cross is the instrument on which Christ suffered His death.

The cross give life through death.

The cross was a horrible way of suffering.

The cross was a horrible way to torture someone.

The cross in which one man went willing upon for our restoration, reconciliation, all because He loved us!

The cross is a living picture of each of us!

With our arms stretched wide and standing to embrace we a perfect picture of the cross.

The cross of Calvary is in the same way within man's own experience.

The cross it serves to expose once and for all the human nature of man.

The cross is associated in suffering, paradoxes, contradictions, within and without. Through them we are torn in opposite directions, through which comes renewal.

It is through the cross that man stands in the gap between the past and the future.

He is facing backward and forward at the same moment, stretched between his orgins and his fulfillment.

Man looks back at past, forward to the future, inward at all our feelings, wishes and dreams, and outward with what we must fight, or come to terms with.

Through the cross Jesus has opened the door for all men to enter into the holy presence of God, doing so by His sacrifice of His life.

It is only within that true sacrifice can our imperfect sacarfice find acceptance with God.

The glory of the cross is that it sanctifies the lowliest and the meanest, and touches them with the splendor of the Perfect Offering!

Christ death upon the cross is full, perfect,and sufficient for all.

"Salvation's giver, Christ, the only Son,

By His dear cross and blood the victory won.

Offered was He for greatest and least.

Himself the victim and Himself the Priest.

Approach ye, then, with faithful hearts sincere

and take the pledge of salvation here.

He that His saints in this world rules and shields

to all believers life eternal yields;

With heavenly bread makes them that hunger whole,

gives living waters to the thirsty soul."

- Song preserved by the Bangor Antiphonary monks of the seventh century

The cross cannot be explained in so many words!

The cross makes greater demands upon those of us who chosse to try to fulfill, than what we can fulfill.

The cross has to be taken up and lived.

"And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:34 - 37

"And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:38

The cross hold out to us a wider spectrum than we can ever imagine or exhaust.

"Lamb of God, I fall before Thee, Humbly trusting in the cross;

That alone be all my glory, all things else I count but loss.

Jesu, all my hope and joy flow from Thee, Thou sov' reign God,

Hope and love and faith and patience, all were purchased by thy blood."

- written by Bach St. Matthew Passion


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