It meant death. At the time Jesus walked the Earth, the Romans had taken over most of the known world. They had spread what they referred to as ‘Pax Romana’ or ‘Roman Peace’. It was a false peace built on conquering people and keeping them in line through fear and punishment. The cross was one of the tools they used to keep people in line. They would regularly crucify criminals, publicly executing them on crosses for all to see.
This Easter just past was a time to focus on the cross and all that Jesus did for us. It was both a time of powerful reflection as we remember the pain and suffering and as we examine our own lives and the sins that have been forgiven but it is also an amazing celebration of life! New life! Eternal life! We can celebrate the hope we now have.
What’s in the symbol of the cross? It’s a lot of things, but mostly it’s love.
Written by Aaron Brown – Drive announcer on Rhema FM