why do christians cross themselves

What did Jesus do with the cross?

Jesus transformed the wretched and tormenting symbol of the Cross into a symbol of redemption, forgiveness, and sacrificial love. Jesus turned the horrible cross into a picture of life, truth, and freedom. And it didn’t end there.

Why do Christians celebrate the cross?

Christians celebrate the cross of Christ in particular because of what Jesus did there. Before Jesus came, the Israelites were commanded by God to give sacrifices because of their sin. A LOT of sacrifices. Enough that in some ancient temples there were irrigated runways just to help wash the blood away.

Why is the cross important?

Although the cross has grown to represent a great number of things including humanitarianism and and general goodwill, its popularity is rooted in God’s free gift of eternal life with Him to all of us through His son Jesus. Yes, it existed before that as a symbol of terror, tyranny, and torture.

What is the name of the crucifixion?

Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians believe to be God Incarnate and the Holy Messiah of the Hebrew God Yahweh, was beaten and flogged prior to being nailed to a wooden cross and left to die. This is called crucifixion and to this day is considered to be one of the most brutal and painful forms of capital punishment throughout history.

How long after Jesus died did he appear to his disciples?

Jesus turned the horrible cross into a picture of life, truth, and freedom. And it didn’t end there. Three days after His death Jesus was resurrected and appeared to his family, His disciples, and over 500 others.

Why do we find comfort in the cross?

Many people find comfort in the cross as a representation of Jesus and His love for us. It serves as a reminder for the ultimate sacrifice and to keep eternity in mind.

What was Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice?

Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice: the sin of mankind bore by the only perfect and sinless man to walk the earth. God incarnate, Son of the Father, came to pay the sin-debt of all humanity so that the gap between us and Him would be closed thus allowing us to have direct relationship with our Lord and Creator.

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