“The Cross” – January 23, 2017

On most weekends my family would travel from our home to the port of Dumangas and then ride a ferry to Negros for our weekend work. At one time, I was captivated by the new electrical posts that were erected. I noticed that the post is shaped like a cross. My reflection was that the structure that supports the flow of power from the source to our homes and establishments is in a shape of a cross.

Interestingly, the usage of the word cross can either be a noun or verb. Cross, as a noun, means an upright wooden structure with a transverse beam used by the ancient Romans to punish criminals — like the cross in which Jesus died. Cross, as a verb, means to go from one side to another side.

Theologically, combining the cross as a noun and as verb would result to a profound meaning — we can only cross from death to life through the cross of Jesus (1 Cor 15:54). Our old selves were nailed in the cross of Jesus (Rom 6:6) so that we can be free to cross the rivers of life as a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).

So every time you see anything that resembles a cross, pause and reflect what Jesus has done for all of us — the cross is the only way that we can cross from this life to a life in eternity with God.

Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
January 23, 2017

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