Is the cross a symbol about death or life? defeat or triumph? humiliation or glory? Or all those things? As I searched for answers, I became drawn to how Christians depicted crosses a thousand years ago and more, and that search became this fifteen minute video on the ancient symbols of Christianity.
Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2, NRSV)
Then I said, ‘See, I have come to do your will, O God’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” 9hebrews 10:7, NRSV)
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would approach God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, NRSV)
Let mutual affection continue. (Hebrews 13:1 (NRSV)
Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11, NRSV)
Pursue peace with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14, NRSV)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the most momentous event in earth's history since the creation itself.
The deep significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are found in the Passover.
All four Gospel accounts describe Mary’s faithfulness and courage, a major financial supporter and patron of Jesus’s ministry, one who remained with Jesus at the foot of his cross until his death, and the first to arrive at his tomb the morning of his resurrection.