The Cross

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Wherever one goes around the world, this simple symbol stands as a beacon:

o Ornately carved over a Coptic church in Cairo;
o Illuminated on a hillside overlooking a California freeway;
o sitting on a small alter in an apartment where a Chinese house church meets;
o Held high leading an Anglican processional;
o Around the neck of a missionary as she cares for those suffering and dying in a slum;
o Atop the glistening gold onion dome of a Russian Orthodox church;
o As two sticks tied together stuck in the ground under a tree in the African bush;
o Adorning row upon row of symmetrical graves overlooking the beaches of Normandy

No other symbol in human experience is as widespread and has evoked such emotion, power and allegiance. The remembrance of the cross and what happened upon it – liturgically and in memorial – has been the focal point of worship for the Christian movement in very epoch and in every culture into which the movement has spread.

While the cross is all of this, is is also nothing apart from an empty tomb. Without the resurrection, the cross becomes a minor footnote in Jewish history lost among all the cruelty and tragedy of the Roman occupation of Palestine. But with the historical reality of the resurrected Christ, the cross represents “...the power of God for salvation to all who believe.”   Therefore …

“Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
til all the world adores His sacred name.”

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