What does the cross mean to you?
I find it fascinating that the cross is the symbol of the Christian faith. Crosses are everywhere in our culture. When you pause and think about it, a cross is an odd symbol. An execution tool would come to embody a movement of hope. Would you wear a tiny electric chair around your neck, or on a business card? I don’t think so, yet we do so with the cross.
Why is the cross the symbol of the Christian faith? The cross is where God forgave the world without lowering His standards. How could He do this? In a sentence: God put our sin on His Son and punished it there.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
This is what God did, but why? Moral duty? Heavenly obligation? Paternal requirement? No, we are told that God is required to do nothing. The only reason Jesus would die for you is because of His amazing love for you!
You see, the good news is that we don’t have to clean up our act in order to be in right standing before God! This Easter we celebrate that Jesus not only died for us, but in addition was raised from the dead to prove He was God, so that we might believe in Him for the life we live today to the fullest, and forever! That’s good news to me, and I pray for you as well. Come and join us at Christ Church this Easter! Services at Bay Middle School, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
May you and yours have a glorious Easter celebration.
Gene Sherman, minister of Christ Church Westshore-Anglican
I am the Rector of Christ Church Westshore - Anglican in Bay Village, OH.