Symbols are part of our everyday lives. Everywhere we look, there are objects or images that symbolize something else.
Today I was reading a book called Not A Fan, and I had a revelation of a symbol that is all around me every single day, everywhere I go. It literally made me sick to my stomach. I wanted to throw up. I was in tears. This revelation is so important, I have to share it with you. Maybe you recognize this symbol and understand the importance of it. Or maybe you’re like I was…
The cross is a symbol of an instrument of torture and death…2 heavy wooden beams nailed together, covered in warm, sticky blood…a disgusting, brutal means of public humiliation and ultimately, execution. A symbol of the son of God, who willingly took on that death for you and me…a man, actual flesh and bones, hanging on the cross with nails through His hands. A symbol of His resurrection. (Yeah, that R-word that makes us sound super spiritual, but it doesn’t really mean anything to us…) He. Rose. From. The. Dead. He was dead…then He was alive again. All to save you and me.
But it seems that we are so quick to put on a cross necklace and call ourselves a Christian, without even giving it a second thought. We’ll get a cross tattoo or hang a cross on our living room wall, but it’s so commonplace, I sometimes wonder if we realize the gravity of the symbol we so casually bear.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sitting in my bed right now and in my direct line of sight, I see 3 crosses. But I don’t remember the last time I saw one of them and thought about what it symbolizes.
When I had this revelation today, it broke me. I had to repent and ask for forgiveness for my complete indifference and apathy. I cheapened His sacrifice for me. He gave His life, and I rarely give it a second thought. What should be everything to me had become an afterthought.
The cross was never meant to be a simple decoration. It wasn’t meant to make a sweet tattoo or a pretty necklace. Its purpose is not so you have a cool collection to hang on your living room wall.
The cross is a symbol of death and life. It is a symbol of Jesus, who gave His life for you and me. It is a symbol of eternity. And it’s not a symbol to be taken lightly.