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What does the cross represent?

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03/11/2014

The Holy Cross: This symbolises the pain and suffering Jesus went through to save us. It is a symbol for catholics and Christian's. This symbol is used throughout the year, especially Easter as it represents the time of Jesus' Crucifiction.

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In the context of the Christian faith, the cross means a number of things. It is certainly the most used Christian symbol.

It Means Self-Denial

Matthew 10:38 (King James Version)

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24 (King James Version)

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It Was A Thing of Shame and Suffering

Hebrews 12:2 (King James Version)

2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Roman method of crucifixion was one of the most exquisitely terrible methods of execution ever devised. People were crucified naked, hence the shame, and suffered excruciating pain as they had to struggle to pull themselves up to draw breath. There was also terrible thirst, especially if done in summer, and mental torture as the process was long and drawn out sometimes lasting for days before death.

The Preaching of the Cross as a thing of blessing brought great offense.

This is probably because it was such a horrible way to die.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (King James Version)

18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

It Is God's Method of Reconciling Man to God

Colossians 1:20 (King James Version)

20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

This, for Christians, is its most wonderful meaning.
well,

people believe that Jesus was hung across a Cross

that was when God proved that Jesus was really his son,

the cross was (when Jesus was alive) a way to torment, ridicule, and prosecute people, all in one.