Cross or Christ?

Ok I am going to rant a little. As it gets closer to Easter I have been hearing more and more songs about “The Cross”. Like the song “Wonderful cross“. and others. I visited a church this weekend with some family and it seemed like almost every song talked about “the cross”. And no, I am not picking on that church. Our church sings songs about the cross also. At times it almost seems like we are worshiping a cross instead of Christ. Worshiping wood instead of our Lord. The cross it self has nothing to do with our salvation. It’s about Jesus death and resurrection. So why put so much emphasis on the cross?

Before you start sending me comments about the symbolism: I ask you, why do we need symbolism, we have Christ? Wood or God? What do you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Cross or Christ?

  1. I feel the same way sometimes. Who wrote the old rugged cross..thats depressing that we sing about a cross rather than the one on the cross. I understand it’s all symbolism, but we don’t need all that. Christ should be the symbol..

    -Brian

  2. I’ve wondered the same thing. I wonder more often why it’s the cross that ended up being the symbol rather than the empty graveclothes, or the empty tomb. It wasn’t Jesus’ death on which our faith is hinged. Although it was that death that took our sin, it was His rising that proved He was Lord.

  3. Our church is going through a bit of an awakening and it has caused us to ask questions about what our strengths and weaknesses are. One of the things that has come out during this discussion is that we are a church that remembers where we came from. We remember the drugs, the messed up relationships, the broken dreams, etc., etc. It is through this remembering that when a person comes through our doors, we are able to identify with them and tell them exactly what Christ can do in their lives. I think the cross is much the same. We don’t worship our past, we don’t worship the cross, we remember them both. It took the death of Jesus – the death of a criminal – so that we could live. By remembering it, we are reminded that there was a tremendous price to pay for our sin and that because of His great love for us, He paid it. The cross takes us back to the reason, as you stated, that we need Christ and have avoided the “cross”. The church will only be effective as long as we remember where we would be if it were not for the cross and the great love that was demonstrated there. If all we have is the view from the windshield, we tend to forget the reason for our journey.

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