Friday, 12 August 2011

The cross

"Like a beacon on a hill, the cross stands as a symbol of hope in despair, life in the midst of death, light in the darkness. "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself". (John 12:32) Then, as now, the cross radiates with the power, love and compassion of God. It is the bread of life waiting to satisfy the hunger of men and women.

In the words of the 14th century writer Thomas a Kempis:

"There is no salvation of soul, no hope of eternal life, except in the cross. Therefore, take up the cross, and go forward into eternal life. Christ has gone before you, bearing his cross. He died for you upon the cross, that you may bear your cross and die on the cross with him. For if you die with him, you will live with him; if you share his sufferings, you will share his glory."
Alistair McGrath: 'Jesus' (page 251-252)

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