The cross of Jesus is forever a symbol of God’s way of grace, God’s embrace of all people no matter what their background or lifestyle or failures or rebellions or delusions or illusions.
The Cross as Symbol—“the Way.” Jesus’ death on the cross portrays this counter-intuitive Way of life in stark contrast to a world based upon conditional acceptance and measured value. The cross is a radical symbol of this good news that God is friends with everyone no matter what their religious views or lack of religion.
The Cross as Revelation—“the Truth.” Jesus went to the cross to reveal the truth about God’s love: that divine love knows no bounds, no limits, no conditions. God’s kind of love gives unselfishly and sacrificially. No cost is too great for love.
The Cross as Empowerment—“the Life.” Love gives birth to love. The more we’re around real Love, the more we’re drawn to that kind of love and the more we begin to live that kind of love. That’s why Jesus wanted to show us such a powerful demonstration of God’s love: so we could more easily trust God, knowing how God really feels about us and what He really wants for us. Love gives birth to love. So the Cross is more than just a symbol or a revelation. It can also empower what it symbolizes and reveals, unselfish and inclusive love. It both defines and facilitates the way to God’s kind of life. If you accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, you’re saying that you not only believe and value what it stands for, you’re choosing to live it too. The Way of the Cross is the Way of True Love and the Way of Real Life and the Way of Energy for that Life.*
* Adapted with permission from the iFollow Discipleship Resource, ©North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.