One of the most recognized religious symbols in the world is the Cross. You’ll often find some Christians who wear this symbol as a necklace. Many churches adorn them on the outside and within. In the United States Army, spiritual leaders known as Chaplains wear it on their headgear instead of their rank. What does this symbol truly represent? Why is it so significant? To find these answers one must fully understand the one Divine man who gave Himself freely to His enemies to die upon the Cross. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

In the beginning Adam, having been made to love only God, selfishly rejected Him when he ate the forbidden fruit. This incurred a debt for humanity having turned into self-centered sinners. How is debt handled? In most cases there are two options, pay the debt or the debt is forgiven. The price for sin is spiritual death, a complete removal from God. Even if a debt is forgiven, someone has to pay for it. If you loan someone your computer and they break it, no matter who pays for it, there’s still a cost. God has forgiven us of this debt and paid for it through Jesus, the man who was also God. “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15: 21-22)

The Cross is a reminder of this man, the Son of God, who paid the debt that we owed Him. The Cross is a symbol of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Cross itself isn’t to be worshiped for fear of idolatry, but it’s to remind us daily of who we owe our life to. The God who created us has also died for us so that we may live and not truly die as He did. He suffered more than just a physical death because the price he paid was for sin, our sin. Then after three days He was restored and returned to Heaven by The Father. “Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.” (Luke 23: 46)

You must understand just how much God loves us. We didn’t deserve any of this, and yet He has freely given us so much. We must give Him thanks for His grace and praise for His mercy daily by doing good works in picking up our cross and sacrificing ourselves. “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalms 103: 10-14)