John 19, I think, gives a very good and vivid account of Jesus’s crucifixion.
My handout today gives a much more detailed descrip-tion of a crucifixion during Jesus’s time.
And with that in mind, I thought I would focus my lesson briefly on just
the Cross, and what this means to me, and also share some personal experiences with you.
For a long time, I thought only Catholics could wear a cross as part of
their religion. But as years went by, I begin to realize and
look at the cross symbol with new meaning.
Crosses come in many different designs and styles.
Each design having its own history and special meaning.
Today, I will focus on just a couple, due to the time
The “Latin Cross”, also called the “Christian Cross”, is seen as a
representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of
Jesus. Today, it is the best known symbol of Christ-
ianity. The two basic types of crosses today
are: “The Cross” and “The Crucifix”.
To Distinguish between the two:
(A) A cross without a “corpus” on it is a
(B) A cross with a “corpus” on it is a
The crucifix is a combination of a cross and the corpus.
The inscription at the top, is the Latin abbreviation
for “Jesus of Nazarenus Rex Judae Orem”, which means,
“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”
The word “Crucifix” means “body on a cross”.
And the word “crucifixion” means to hang a body from the
Many crosses depict the cross as crucifixes, in order to emphasize that it is
Jesus that is important, rather than the cross itself. However,
some crosses depict the cross without the corpus, interpreting
this form as an indication of belief in the resurrection.
The Cross was central in the thinking of New Testament writers, because
the cross was the means chosen by God to bring redemption
to lost mankind. Man cannot be saved by his own efforts,
but needs Jesus.
Today, the Cross is a venerated (regard with feelings of respect and
reverence) object in many parts of the world.
During the early Roman rule, Christians were being persecuted and
crucified by the Romans ever since Christ was crucified, and
it was very dangerous to be discovered. The Emperor
Constantine stopped religious persecution throughout the
Roman Empire in 313 A.D. Then, the cross or crucifix was
encouraged to be worn openly as a sign of the individual’s
I wear a cross around my neck because, to me, it has several meanings.
In we find, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the
glory of God”. This cross reminds me that God can see the
depths of all my sins. That I have fallen short… . that I haven’t
lived up to God’s expectations. It’s important that we have a
living relationship with Jesus Christ. And in order to have this
relationship, we must realize our total dependence upon what
Christ accomplished for us on the Cross of Calvary.
By the same token, this cross reminds me of God’s love for me; His total
and unconditional love for me.
In it says: God so loved the world, that he gave His
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life”.
The Cross is a symbol that reminds me of God’s love. Love in sacrificing
His own Son for How awesome is that??
It represents Jesus’s victory over sin and death.
Jesus died on the cross for all my sins, all my sins of the past, present,
and future. To me, that’s amazing. Jesus paid the
ultimate price for me and all mankind. He died on the
cross for a sinner like me, and gave me a chance for
In Jesus says to take thy cross and follow Me. What
better way than wearing a cross to remind us that we
can be forgiven if we repent, confess our sins, and
Next, when I look at this cross, it reminds me of some fun times
with my daughter as she was growing up. Many times,
we would play a little game, where I would ask her,
“How much do you love daddy?”, and she would reply,
“This much”, and she would hold out her hands real wide.
Of course, I would have to tickle her. Today, my daughter
still does the same game with my grandchildren.
The reason this comes to mind is because, several years ago, I came
across this little piece in some article I was reading and it
really caught my eye.
I wrote it down and have carried it in my wallet for years.
I wore it out the first time and had to re-copy it, and as
you can see this copy is quite well-worn and seen a few
days in my billfold.
It read: “I ask Jesus”,
“How much do you love me?”
“This much,” He answered,
“And He stretched out His arms… . and died.”
And last for whatever reason, when someone asks the question,
“Does God love me?”
If they are like me, I can look at this
cross and know, He has already
answered that question when He held
out His arms… . and died.