Lent Day 39: The Cross

Jan 6, 2019

In the journey of our Lenten devotionals, we have reached an important milestone - Lent Day 39. Today, we reflect on a central symbol that holds immense significance in the Christian faith - the cross. It reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus Christ and the profound love He demonstrated for humanity.

The Power of the Cross

The cross serves as a reminder of God's redemptive plan for mankind. It is a symbol of hope, forgiveness, and salvation. In the gospel accounts, we learn about Jesus willingly taking up His cross, bearing the weight of our sins, and ultimately conquering death through His resurrection. This act of selfless love offers believers eternal life and serves as a source of inspiration and strength.

The Historical and Symbolic Significance

The cross has both historical and symbolic significance in Christianity. Historically, crucifixion was a common method of execution during the time of Jesus. However, the cross transformed from an instrument of torture and death into a symbol of victory and redemption.

Symbolically, the cross represents the intersection of divine and human love. It is a visible reminder of God's grace and mercy extended to all who believe in Him. It inspires us to reflect on our own lives and consider the lengths to which Jesus went to reconcile us with God. The cross challenges us to live lives of selflessness, love, and compassion towards others.

The Cross: A Symbol of Love and Sacrifice

As we contemplate the cross on this Lenten day, we are reminded of Jesus' selfless act of love and sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). This verse encapsulates the transformative power of the cross in the life of a believer.

The cross compels us to lay down our own desires and ambitions, following the example set by Jesus. It challenges us to prioritize love, forgiveness, and unity, regardless of our differences. By embracing the message of the cross, we find true freedom and joy in living a life aligned with God's purpose.

Embracing the Cross in Our Lives

As followers of Christ, our journey doesn't end with merely understanding the significance of the cross. It is a call to action, a call to embrace the cross in our daily lives.

When we face difficulties, the cross reminds us to persevere and trust in God's faithfulness. It encourages us to extend grace and forgiveness to those who have wronged us, mirroring the example of Jesus on the cross. The cross also teaches us humility, as we acknowledge our own need for God's grace and mercy.

Furthermore, the cross serves as a unifying symbol for all believers, transcending cultural, racial, and societal boundaries. It brings together a diverse community under the banner of love and compassion. The message of the cross compels us to reach out to those in need, to stand up against injustice, and to strive for a world that reflects God's kingdom values.


On this Lent Day 39, let us reflect deeply on the significance of the cross. May it inspire us to live out our faith wholeheartedly, embracing the sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated on the cross. Together, as the It Is Well Living Church community, let us continually share the transformative power of the cross with those around us.

Carole Carlson
Beautiful symbol of sacrifice and love.
Nov 12, 2023
Angelica Munson
The cross, a symbol of sacrifice and love, holds immense significance in the Christian faith.
Oct 6, 2023