What do you see?
A cross. An equal sign. A heart.
Christianity? Equality? Love?
Those three things can mean so many things by themselves, but put them together and you have an equation.
What does this picture mean when you look at it?
Some see a cross and a heart. Some see a beautiful filter. Some see a bustling city filled with traffic.
It is amazing how you can see so many different things when the things you are supposed to notice are big and bold, literally right in front of you. It truly is all about perspective.
I guess that is kind of how God is. He is all around you. Everywhere you look. Everything he created and continues to create. He is in you. Whether you want to believe that or not. He is in all of us. He created you.
Jesus is love. And the cross equals love.
It is crazy sometimes how complicated things seem to be whether it is a book, movie, and so on. But, they all usually come back to one central idea. One main idea.
And so does the Bible and I truly believe that if there is one thing that is taken from the Bible, it is that God loves you more than you can fathom.
He loves us all with a love that is not of this Earth.
He is the definition of love. He sent his only son to save us from ourselves.
And the cross is the ultimate symbol of love and is more than just a fashion statement.
It represents the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us. The willingness and selfless act of taking the blame for all of our sins; past, present, and future. Dying when he owed us nothing and did nothing wrong. The ultimate sacrifice.
How many people do you know that would die for you when they did nothing wrong?
You may think there are a few, but when it comes down to it they probably wouldn’t. I know it is harsh. I know that we genuinely love and care for others, but we value our lives and don’t want to waste let alone lose it. After all, “YOLO.”
He died for people that he never knew that committed horrible things. People that cursed him and hated him. People that would never appreciate what he did for them. People that would never want him in their lives.
He is the one person who will never leave nor forsake you. He will never losing hope or faith in you and always wanting the best for you.
He loved everyone. He hated no one. He helped and spread love to all.
His love is represented in the cross because his death is the epitome of love.
An act of service and a gift that transcends all others.
Not only is the cross a symbol of Jesus’ love for us, but it is a symbol for us in how we love.
Love upwards to God. Love outwards (sideways) to others. Love downwards (inside) yourself.
"We love because He First Loved." 1 John 4:19
A picture means a thousand words. And this picture should mean a million. The cross is love because of Jesus. When you see the equation, cross equals heart. It should be a reminder to you of how much Jesus loves you and to show his love to others.
We are his side beams. Without us showing his love to others, the cross isn’t a cross anymore.
Jesus = Love.