The Cross in its ineffable aura and opulence, in its mystery and majesty simply flows through all the pages of the Holy Scriptures.
The Cross foreshadows in the Old Testament as a figure, as an event in the New Testament and as a Sacrament & Mystery in the Church.
The Cross was the hope of the patriarchs, the promise of the prophets, the triumph of kings, the ministry of priests and the Crowned Altar of Jesus.
The Cross figured in the beginning of the Old Testament as a tree in the garden of Eden (Gen 2:9), as the wood of Noah’s ark (Gen 6:14) that provided new life to all who took refuge in it, as a wooden staff that separated the Red Sea (Ex 14:21), as a catalyst that sweetened the bitter waters of Marah (Ex 15:25), moreover as an altar when Abraham bound his son Isaac for sacrifice (Gen 22:9).
The Cross figured in the New Testament as an instrument of condemnation to death, as total destruction of a man, the lowest point of Kenosis. Jesus gave a whole new meaning to the Cross. The Kenosis / self-emptying of the Suffering-Servant of God that commenced at the annunciation is accomplished in the Cross
The Cross shines out in the Church in the light of resurrection as an abode where the Real Adam said Yes to the Lord, as a place where the mystery of our religion is accomplished (1 Tim 3:16), as a divine milieu where the church is born from the pierced side of Jesus, a bride continuously cleansed by the Waters of Baptism and nourished by the Blood of the Lamb in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (John 19:34).
The Cross is the kingdom of the Father, the scepter of the Son and the seal of the Holy Spirit, the only True witness to the Triune God.
We need to connect our lives with the Cross of Christ, unveil it in our hearts. We must discover the glory of the Cross as it shines forth in heaven and on earth and live it joyfully, for His glory to the greater Glory of God. May we realize that our richest gain is loss when we survey the wondrous Cross of Christ, which demands our soul, our life, our all.
So let us lift high the Cross of Christ in our hearts for all to see and proclaim His love till the whole world acclaims His Glorious Name.
Let’s Cross Connect