“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” vs. 32
For the Romans crucifixion was designed to strike terror into the hearts of those that they ruled. It was cruel, painful, and violent…and lasted for hours, even days. Bodies were left hanging on crosses on the main thoroughfares to remind passersby of the consequences that awaited any form of insurrection. But when Jesus was crucified there was an entirely unexpected response and the cross was transformed into a symbol of salvation and hope. In our time it has taken on a kind of magnetic quality…people are drawn to meditate on the love and forgiveness that it represents. All around the world it stands and hangs in Christian churches, sometimes showing the suffering body of Jesus, other times empty as a reminder of resurrection, but always the weekly object of worship for millions. And its message of gracious and triumphant love is not just for believers…it’s for all people…even for those who have rejected him! In a week or so we’ll be moving through our annual observance of Holy Week and we’ll have yet another opportunity in our prayers and meditation for reflection on the amazing triumph of good over evil that took place on that hillside outside the walls of Jerusalem. What humans intended as cruel repression has been transformed into a universal message of love and acceptance. “In the cross of Christ we glory, tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time!”
Thought for the Day: What message do I receive from the cross?