These words which was written by Paul the Apostle to the church in Galatia, May I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
Before we get to what Jesus’ said in His path of suffering, we must first understand the symbolism of the cross, otherwise we won’t understand Jesus’ words. The cross of reconciliation is, after all the essence of our religious life. The cross dominates many churches, but it seldom has anything to do with Jesus’ suffering. It adorns practically every Bible and takes a prominent place in many churches, especially at the altar.
Over the years, the cross became a root of superstition. Farmers painted it on their stables, not as a sign of godliness, but to protect the animals against sickness. People placed crosses on the borders of their farms so that no would trespass or move the boundries. People believed in the power of the sign of the cross, instead of praying to God in heaven. All of this could have been prevented if people knew the Bible better.
Moses erected the bronze serpent in the desert on God’s orders, to heal those who looked up to it in faith. Jesus himself declared in His conversation with Nicodemus that the bronze serpent was an image of Himself on the cross. Yet the bronze serpent later became an object of idolatry, to the detriment of the Israelites’ faith. When Hezekiah became king, he got rid of all forms of idolatry, including the bronze serpent. he smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Ashterah pole. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made. (2 Kings 18:4)
Grace and Peace to You My Friends