The Message of the Cross
“It’s time, girls! It’s Good Friday! Today is the day we bake our cross-shaped cookies for our neighbors. First we’ll mix the dough and roll it out. Then we’ll cut out the cookies with our cross cookie cutter. And after the cookies are baked, we’ll wrap up a plateful for each neighbor and decorate the package. Then when Dad gets home, we’ll deliver them together to our neighbors for Easter!”
“And don’t forget the cards, Mom,” either Katherine or Courtney would remind me, “the special cross-shaped Easter cards about the cross that we always sign and take with the cookies!”
For years this was the scene in our kitchen each Eastertime as my two daughters and I sought ways for our family to share the Easter message – the good news of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, the good news of Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, and the good news of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ – with our oh-so-needy neighbors.
Oh, our cookie-cutter collection included the shapes of a baby chick, a bunny rabbit, and even an Easter egg. But we chose the cross. Why? Until my daughters “got it,” they invariably asked me this same question: “Why the cross? Why not the chick or the bunny or the egg?”
Always, and in the simplest of terms, using the acrostic C-R-O-S-S, I tried to answer this question in a way that would teach my girls the meaning of the cross, the longtime symbol of Christianity and the death of Jesus Christ.
C– hrist, God-in-flesh, gave His life (Philippians 2:8) as a
R– ansom, a payment, for our sins (Matthew 20:28),
O– ffering up His life as a sinless sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14),
S– uffering unto death (Hebrews 12:2) to secure our
S– alvation from sin and death (Colossians 2:13-14).
Now, my friend, I have three questions for you.
- Have you embraced the Christ of the cross as your Savior?
- Are you teaching your children about the cross?
- Are you reaching out to others with the message of the cross?
Easter blessings, dear friend, from Jim and Elizabeth
“Live Your Life After God’s Own Heart”