A few years ago I purchased a sideways cross necklace. My sister asked me one day what it meant. She said the sideways cross didn’t sit with her the right way. That was the first time I thought that it could have an alternate meaning. I started to research online, I mean I don’t want to wear something that goes against my faith. I found as there is no definite meaning behind the necklace, other than being a fashion statement. I decided to take my research to the Bible. The Good Book has never failed me before and is filled with answers to every question I can think of. As I scanned through some of my favorite verses in the Bible I came across John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loved us..you and me so much that he sacrificed his son Jesus. Jesus was sent to earth, born of a virgin, and marked with a promise for us. What is this promise, you ask? That Jesus would die and be crucified on the cross to save you and me from our sins and to give us eternal life. In John 19:30, ” When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Jesus’ last words while on the cross were, “It is finished!” These words translate to the Greek word ‘tetelestai’ which means “paid in full.” Understanding what Jesus meant when he declared, “it is finished,” is very important. What is finished? Jesus completed the works of his father, God Almighty, which ended at the cross. The eternal debt of sin was paid in full by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The cross is a symbolism of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ. But why wear a cross turned on it’s side? Because as Christians we are to take up the cross and share the gospel of Christ. For Jesus commanded us to be cross bearers. He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:24-25.
I wear my sideways cross necklace not because it is a fashion trend worn by Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus. I wear it because it symbolizes hope and sacrificial love of my God Almighty. It reflects God’s promise to me and for me. It is also a reminder of the works that I should be doing for Jesus while I am living in my temporary home. I shall take up my cross and follow Jesus.
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