Do we place too much emphasis on the cross? Do we give it too high a place in our system of faith? I think in some ways we have placed it higher than Christ. One might almost consider it a “graven image.”
Think about it. Everywhere you look in Christendom you see the cross; on necklaces, on the side of the road, in church buildings, on church buildings, stained glass and paintings. It is everywhere.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that Jesus dying was of the utmost importance. I understand that NO ONE else could have died for the sins of the world. I understand that all the prophecies had to be fulfilled – including the one Jesus himself made about being like Jonah and spending three days in the earth. I believe that ONLY Jesus’ sinless, blameless holy blood could satisfy God’s wrath.
I get all that – but everyone dies, even false messiahs, right?
What you almost never see is a rock.
And to me, this is the more meaningful of the two.
“A rock” you say. Well, yes a rock or giant boulder. Whatever it was that sealed the tomb Jesus was laid in.
The picture above is something my son made at church and it got me thinking. Right smack dab on “the cross” are the words “HE LIVES!” Try saying it out loud.
How much that says and means.
That’s what we celebrate. That’s what gives our faith something that no other faith has, a living breathing God. That’s what sets Christianity apart. In all its forms and for all the differences each denomination and the non-doms bring to the table we all believe in a God that is alive.
Think about it, Easter is coming in a couple weeks do focus more on Good Friday – the day Christ died or is the focus on Sunday – that day he LIVED? Too easy. What day of the year, besides Christmas is there near universal church attendance? Also too easy.
I do not think it’s a coincidence that the two biggest Christian holidays center on the LIVING Jesus – do you?
Now I am not suggesting that we do away with all the art of the cross or that we stop wearing the cross around our necks but I do want us to think about the what and the why we’re doing it – is it for fashion or passion? An old pastor said that to my youth group once and I think about every time I see someone wearing the cross.
I wonder though, how many people could we talk to about Jesus if they saw a big rock around our neck?
Do you think the stone is as important as the cross? Is the cross the only thing that matters? What do you think?