SYMBOL OF SALVATION
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
He could not flex his body. His hands and feet were tied in chains. His breathe restricted in a stuffy cube. His voice was nothing but whispers, choked from wailing. And when he cried, no tears came out.
Lucas was totally defenseless at that instant. But right then, at the thought of losing it all to a force that had taken his freedom from him, he decided to claim it all back. Physically, he was incapacitated, but then, he felt a superpower that exceeded fleshly strength on all angles and edges. Prayer!
Without a puff of fresh air, he started small.
As his eyes opened a little bit, he realized his kidnapper didn’t like what he Lucas was doing, speaking, and claiming restoration of strength, crying for help. To think he, the captor, could do nothing about it, made him furious, and he started to wear out. He began to lose the power he had over Lucas and began to melt down. No matter how much he struggled, it didn’t work. Because, the chains he used to tie Lucas with, began to unshackle and in turn started to tie him instead, throwing him off balance, and down. Lucas became a free man and the bad guy remained in chains.
At that very minute, Lucas revived the foundation of the being which had freed him. The Cross!
Brethren, there is power in the cross. And it is something we should think about every time, all the time.
But what’s the spiritual reality of those words. As a Christian, whenever I hear cross, the only thing that my mind relates with is Jesus. And I own this reality to heart today. It’s always been Jesus.
Believers know him with different titles. But going back to the roots, when Jesus asked his disciples who people said He was, the answers were varied. And when He asked them who they thought He was, their answer was that He is “…the Messiah, son of the Living God,” Mathew 16:16.
I trace this back to the Cross. To Christians, the cross is the symbol of Easter because the crucifixion happened on a cross. The shape of the cross virtually became the Christian symbol. This mark is used actively by drawing it in the air for blessing or over individuals’ foreheads during baptism.
We could look at it as the mark of God that we carry with us, or we could look at it as the saviour of human kind. Either way, what’s most important is for a child of God to realize that the cross is the symbol of salvation. Salvation, because human beings are in need of saving.
Tracing back to our initial story, Lucas reflects upon the life that we are living, trapped and short of the prerequisites of the kingdom life.
Do you not know that we believers are the designated heirs of Heaven? But, the mere fact that we do not give this a thought at all leaves as nowhere else but at the whims of demons. The devil has taken advantage of this and rounded us with his chains, he has hypnotized us and manipulated our thoughts so we’d forever believe that we belong with him in a dark sphere that whiffs nothing but demons.
While we are preoccupied thinking there is no way out of this pain, suffering, anxiety, fear and the likes, Jesus could be wondering why we have to forget the reason He brought death upon himself, if not to save us.
“For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually.” 1 Peter 3:18
Remember, the word cross means more to us believers because it stands as a Saving Word.