But for Christians, the cross had deep meaning. They understood Christ’s death on the cross to be “completed” by God’s raising him from the dead three days later. This Resurrection was a sign of Christ’s “victory” over sin and death.
You see, Jesus was separated from God because of our sin and its consequences. The cross also teaches us about forgiveness. According to Hebrews 10:10-18, Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for sin for all time. The cross teaches us that forgiveness takes sacrifice even on our part toward others.
The cross is a symbol of death and hope all at the same time. Jesus died and rose from the dead. Likewise, our old nature must die so that we can live as a brand-new creation in Christ.
The pagan Celts were said to worship the sun. Saint Patrick according to legend combined the image of the Christian cross with the circular to represent the sun to associate circle of light with the Christian cross as one in the same.
The cross, once a shameful form of execution for criminals, has become a predominant symbol of Christ and Christianity. However, the cross at times has also taken on darker meanings as a symbol of persecution, violence and even racism.
To “take up our cross,” however, means to lay our strengths aside. It means to lay our “ego strength” aside. Taking up our cross means, instead, picking up those weaknesses that we so often try to run away from in life.
This cross is a Latin cross superimposed on a circle at the intersection of the upright and crossbar. Considering its probable origin, its popularity could be surprising. Legend has it that in the early fifth century, St. Patrick combined the Christian cross and the pagan circle, symbolic of the Celtic sun god.
The power of the cross of Christ reconciles humanity with our heavenly Father. In Jesus we find forgiveness of sin. He was raised from death to give us a new life in Him. In the risen Lord Jesus, we are a new creation. Turn to Jesus and become a new creation, experiencing the eternity of paradise!
Through the Sacrifice of JESUS on the Cross – Satan has been DISARMED, DEFEATED, DETHRONED, DISPOSSESSED and DESTROYED in your life. You are victorious through the BLOOD from the Cross of JESUS CHRIST.
Where are Herod and Herodias? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?” The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved from sin and error, Christ crucified is the power of God and His Wisdom. It is by Christ Crucified that He has saved the world from sin.
It symbolizes the power of God in that he will always overcome evil and sin, and that we all can make ascension just as Jesus did. He suffered in his life, as we all have to in order to overcome sin and temptation. The cross is, and always will be, a symbol: A symbol of truth, trust and justification.
He asks us to lay them down at the foot of the cross. He wants us to surrender our heavy loads to him. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
It distinguishes itself from a regular Christian cross due to the circle in the middle, a unique design that is said to be rooted in the Celts’ pagan history but now symbolizes a spiritual compass that represents unity, totality, wholeness, and inclusion.
The Celtic Cross’ construction features a traditional cross accentuated with a circle around the intersection of the arms and stem. Subject to many different interpretations, the Celtic Cross is said to be a representation of knowledge, strength and compassion to manage life’s ups and downs.
The Pagan Roots of the Celtic Cross
According to this theory, Saint Patrick merged the Pagan Sun Circle, a symbol representing the Sun God, to the Christin cross, creating the Celtic Cross.
Synonyms for cross. come (to), dawn (on), occur (to), strike.
In Christianity, it is associated with the martyrdom of Peter the Apostle. The symbol originates from the Catholic tradition that when sentenced to death, Peter requested that his cross be upside down, as he felt unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as Jesus.
As we discuss this topic—“Pride: the Mother of All Sins” —consider this quote: “Pride is a cosmic crime. It has the dubious distinction of standing alone atop the list of the seven deadly sins, because it is in essence the source of all sins.
To “cross yourself,” take your right hand and put your thumb, index, and middle finger together. In Western Christianity, you then touch your forehead, the center of your chest, your left shoulder, and your right shoulder. In Eastern (Orthodox) churches, you touch your right shoulder before your left shoulder.
Poverty and Possessions. 133. life." The call to bear one’s cross and the call to “say fare- well” to all of one’s possessions (Luke 14:33) are closely related. As in 9:23, the bearing of the cross is a daily task. It describes the ongoing life of the disciple, both in the lifetime of Jesus and in the Lukan community.
“The Cross symbolizes God’s love for His creation. A vertical line – God’s activity – intersects the horizontal – God’s creation. God the Son, incarnate as the historical Jesus of Nazareth, unites Himself with us completely, including in our death, by dying upon the Cross. He rises and raises us with Himself.
The Gero Cross or Gero Crucifix (German: Gero-Kreuz), of around 965–970, is the oldest large sculpture of the crucified Christ north of the Alps, and has always been displayed in Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? This is the only saying which appears in more than one gospel, and is a quote from Psalm 22:1.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to give his life as a ransom for many, and on the cross he says, “It is finished.” He has borne the guilt of our sins. He has endured the punishment of our hell. The divine wrath has been spent on him.
The carrying of the cross is mentioned, without much detail, in all the canonical Gospels: Matthew 27:31–33, Mark 15:20–22, Luke 23:26–32 and John 19:16–18.