CROSSES

They hang them from their ears, around their necks, and on their fingers. They can be found in plated or solid gold and silver. They carve them, pour them, and erect them, some even burn them.

You can find them almost anywhere on the face of the globe. They are worn by the foulest of individuals, erected on mountaintops, and hung in cars. Often they are bowed down before on Sundays and carried symbolically in church services.

I have purposely asked numerous people of recent, “Why do you wear a cross?” The replies all have been in the same fielding area: “I think it is beautiful” or “I don’t know”. I was appalled! Not one person responded with something like “It reminds me of the price that Christ paid for my sin”.

The cross was a symbol of curse; there was nothing beautiful about it. The Psalmist wrote of the ignominy of it all in chapter 22. Isaiah in the 53rd chapter declared, “There is no beauty that we should desire Him.” Scripture declares, “Cursed is everyone who hangeth on a tree.” (Gal. 3:13) Jesus hung upon that cross (or tree), accursed for your sin and mine. “He bore our sins in His body on the tree.”

In man’s effort to make the appalling appealing, he has hung a crucifix in gold and bedecked it with jewels. There is nothing more revolting than the effort of man to utilize every effort to make his sin of crucifying the Son of God more readily acceptable. The repulsiveness of Calvary must never be allowed to become acceptable. Man has taken the weakness of man (his guilt concerning the death of Christ), and has made it an object of profit.

Re-live the ignominious act of 2,000 years ago. There never will be anything beautiful about what one beholds, except, “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

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