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Before Christ Died

Lit Up CrossThe Jesus cross sign is enshrined in Holy Communion. Saint Paul tells his fellow Christians in 1 Corinthians 11.26, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." The cross indelibly connects the bread, wine and Christ's sacrificial death together. No service of The Lord's Supper bears any authenticity without being tied back to the Crucifixion by the cross sign.

The Cabob

Caravaggio Portrait of BacchusCenturies before Christ died, the cross was already a well-known symbol throughout the ancient world. The Egyptians called it a "cabob" after a T-shaped instrument they used to measure the rise and fall of the Nile. The New Bible Dictionary tells us that as early as BC 1225 Greek worshippers also offered their god Bacchus special Bacchus cakes of flour with the sign of a cross imprinted on them.

Crucifixion

String TheoryWhen Rome came to power, the practice of nailing their worst criminals on a cross has its beginning. It is not until Jesus is crucified that the cross takes on a greater and blessed significance. It marks out a potential treasure, a golden opportunity for a life-changing experience. It is the marker over the door into the Mystical Body of Christ. The cross, though familiar, is vital to our understanding of Jesus and is the place where we begin to follow him.

"Jesus Cross Sign"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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