Cross Examination

What is it about the cross that makes it so special?

In English,the letter “t,”

Math: a sign meaning addition or turned 45 degrees multiplication

Statistics: a type of number used to work on probability.

Sports: time out

Geometry: perpendicular lines

Cooking: the symbol for either a teaspoon or a Tablespoon

In television it is preceded by a Mr.

add it to Google and you get a social networking system.

In England its accompanied with small baked goods (oh wait that’s tea)

to the Roman Empire: a Torturous way to die.

Yet what makes the cross so special in the lives of Christians is not what but whom.

That whom is Jesus and in the timeline of Holy week  Jesus has been in the tomb for not quite 24 hour. Last night Jesus was laid in the tomb as seen here.

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.

He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

—Matthew 27:57-61

Today is a day of rest. The Jewish Sabbath calls for no work to be done, all food was to have been prepared yesterday so that time could be given to God on this day in remembrance that In God rested on the seventh day of creation. Which gives a lot of time for the disciples to think about the cross and reflect on the teachings of their now, but not for long, dead teacher. The Bible skips over this day except to tell us that the women go out to buy spices in the evening to finish embalming Jesus’ body in the morning.

It’s as if everything lies in anticipation for tomorrow when the Cross takes on a whole new meaning.

No longer is it a symbol of Rome’s presence in Israel, but a reminder of what Christ went through to defeat the grave and our sins for all eternity.

So What’s so special about the Cross?

It was the mechanism that saved all who call on the name of the Lord and took all the sins of the world and smashed them to smithereens.

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