Four Xs 

What is the meaning of the cross of Christ?

Here are four ways to think about it via four common uses of an X.

1. The cross is a big 'X' meaning 'No'. 

Cross No

When a teacher marks an assignment, she or he, may write a big X across something that is wrong, perhaps in red ink. I had many red X's when I was at school.

Similarly on the cross God is saying 'No' to what is wrong with our world, and our attitudes and behaviour. In particular, God is saying 'No' to all violence. Jesus was executed because he opposed the domination of the vulnerable by the mighty and powerful of his day. The cross is God's 'No' to the taking advantage of others by those with power and privilege, 'No', to the exploitation of others by the mighty and 'No' to the systems and institutions that aid and perpetuate this abuse, and the resulting pain and hurt among the poor and marginalised. 

2. The cross is a significant place.

Cross Pirate Spot
In fiction pirates mark the location of hidden treasure with a big X on their pirate map. The X says, "Here is the treasure!". 

The cross also is a marking place saying "Here is treasure!". We can come to the cross of Christ with expectation that life can be changed for the better. 

There is a hymn which asks us to 'Survey the wond'rous cross'. The hymn invites us to expect insight, or guidance which is life-changing.
What do you find at the cross of Christ? An unfair death of an innocent, a painful end? The final words of Jesus reflect a sense of abandonment, a magnaminous forgiveness of his oppressors, a reconciliation with others and God, an expression of the fulfilment of his life's purpose.

In the novel, 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan, the man Pilgrim finds the cross a relief from his burden of sin. The story is allegorical, Pilgrim carries his sin on his back like a heavy sack that weighs him down so he can barely walk. At the cross the sack falls away and he is set free, andf walks tall and proud, with a new found dignity. 

St Paul wrote that for many the cross of Christ is folly and madness, but to those who believe it is the power of God. The power to change everything for the better.

How does the cross change everything for the better? This is my next point.

3. The cross is a kiss. 

cross kiss

At Christmas time, when I was a young boy, I had to write my thank you letters to my distant aunts and uncles. I didn't like this chore but it wasn't difficult. The short note usually went somthing like this:

Dear Aunty Audrey and Uncle Jim,
Thank you for your Christmas card and gift.
I hope you are well.
Love,
Mark
XXXX

The X's were kisses. 

The cross is God's kiss, God's mark of love and affection. 

God changes everything for the better through love. God puts love into our hearts, inspiring us to be more compassionate and understanding. 

These three X's all connect us to God.

4. The cross is a road junction.

cross road

At the cross we can choose a new direction in life. The fourth X is therefore a crossroads or junction.

We can choose to turn away from domination, having found a significant place where we can change our lives and become more compassionate, transforming the world for the better. 




 


Mark Rogers, 20/03/2018

Feedback:
(page   1   2)
Office.Com/Setup (Guest) 01/10/2018 13:53
Office Com Setup - Office.Com/Setup - Microsoft Office Setup :- Office setup suite is an important set of software made to resolve the problems of inaccuracy and mistakes in documentations and presentation with the help of gear along with word & powerpoint.

http://ms-office.us.com/setup/


Www.Office.Com/Setup (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:25
Office Com SetUp - Microsoft Office Setup Com - Www.Office.Com/Setup :- Get started with your Microsoft Office Installation you must need valid product key code. Visit www.office.com/setup when buying Microsoft Office for setup installation method. Our Certified specialists experts will assist you in Microsoft Office.

https://www-office-com-setup.net/
https://office-com-setup-net.webnode.com/

Www.Office.Com/ Setup (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:34
Office Install & Setup | Www Office com setup | Office.Com/Setup :- Office.com/setup - Online Support – Step by Step guide for office Setup, Download & complete installation online. We are providing independent support service if in case you face problem to activate or Setup office product.

http://www.officecom-setup.co/
https://officesetupactivate.wixsite.com/officecom-setup-co


Webroot.Com/Safe (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:40
Www.Webroot.Com/Safe | Webroot Safe Setup | Webroot.Com/Safe :- The exceptional Webroot antivirus help group they will Solve your trouble in short time with satisfactory outcomes. You simply call on our toll Free Number and connect with our professionals.

http://www.webroot-com-safe.com/

Webroot Activate (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:47
Webroot Antivirus Login | Www.Webroot.Com/Safe | Webroot.Com/Safe :- Get instant and affordable antivirus support service at Webroot Technical Support. Our expertise team are always there to help you.

http://web-rootsafe.com/
https://webrootcomsafe.webs.com/

Www.Mcafee.Com/Retailcard (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:50
Mcafee.Com/Activate | Www.Mcafee.com/Intelchannel | Www Mcafee Com Activate :- Secure Your Laptop, PC from Virus Attack by Mcafee Antivirus. Dial Mcafee Internet Security Customer Service Phone Number for Windows. Our technician will help you in setting up, installing Mcafee Antivirus in your PC, Laptop as well.

http://mcafee.com-setupweb.com/
https://mcafeeantivirus.webnode.com/

Mcafee.Com/Intelchannel (Guest) 01/10/2018 14:57
Mcafee.Com/Mav/Retailcard | McAfee Customer Support | Mcafee.Com/Retail Card :- Get Started with your McAfee Setup by visiting Www.Mcafee.com/Activate and Enter 25-digit Activation Code to Setup Mcafee.

http://www.mcafee-com-activate.us/
https://mcafeeinternetsecurity.tumblr.com/

panistefanin (Guest) 26/10/2018 19:55
Je vous remercie de l'information! Je cherchais et ne pouvait pas trouver. Vous me aidé!
https://1921681254.co/192-168-1-254-ip-adresse/
www.office.com/setup (Guest) 28/10/2018 05:51
Learn, how to download and setup Microsoft office software For Windows and Mac OS PC/Laptop.

http://msofficesetup.org
james thomas (Guest) 29/10/2018 22:30
norton.com/setup -to protect all your Windows, Mac & Android devices. Get Norton Setup and easily run to install Norton Anti Virus.

https://norton-com-setup-install.com/

https://officekeyactivate.com/

https://my-mcafee-activate.com/
(page   1   2)

Jesus has a bad day??
Syrophoenician woman More ...
Cross carrying?
cross carrying More ...
Is yoga sinful?
sermon sept 30 2012 More ...
A great song!
sermon: science/religion More ...
Why did Jesus die?
Why Jesus die? More ...
The bones of Jesus
bones of jesus More ...
The Blessings of Lord Buddha
big buddha More ...
My favourite Jewish prayer
Lord's Prayer More ...
Jesus wants her as an angel
Trinity Sunday More ...
I was wondering...
Forgiveness More ...
Rules: A blog in under 23 seconds
Rules More ...
Cu Chi Tunnels
cu chi tunnels More ...
The blessing of salt
salt More ...
Adam and Eve: A great story and so true!
adam and eve More ...
Mothering Sunday story 
mothering sunday More ...
I am a rock
rock More ...
Watching the World Cup finals: A spiritual experience
Trinity world cup More ...
Maximise your soil's potential
sower More ...
Parkland students take up their cross
More ...
Trinity 101: A 10 point summary 
More ...
King David: Historical drama or holy scripture? 
More ...
Sunday 18 November
10:00amHoly Eucharist @ School Hall, 2nd Floor, SKH Wei Lun School, Discovery Bay Road
Sunday 18 November
10:10amDiscoverers @ School Hall, 2nd Floor, SKH Wei Lun School, Discovery Bay Road
Sunday 25 November
10:00amHoly Eucharist @ School Hall, 2nd Floor, SKH Wei Lun School, Discovery Bay Road
Sunday 25 November
10:10amDiscoverers @ School Hall, 2nd Floor, SKH Wei Lun School, Discovery Bay Road

Sirius-blue-content-fade-edge
Sirius-blue-content03
Sirius-blue-content-find-us
Sirius-blue-content-fade-edge
Sirius-blue-content-visit-the-