Devotions By Jan

The Huguenot Cross

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cross6303232138_4d88cae527_zScripture for Today: Revelation 17:14 “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

The Huguenot cross is a symbol of the French Protestant Christians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  I was intrigued to see it as a part of this gate.  This cross is full of symbolism.  The Maltese cross in its center is a symbol of the Crusaders.  The four petals of the fleur-de-lis represent the four Gospels.  The twelve apostles are symbolized by the twelve smaller petals joining the larger petals.  The eight rounded points represent the Beatitudes and hearts are formed in the open spaces between the large petals.  I love that the hearts symbolize loyalty.  So many of the Huguenots were martyred for their faith, staying faithful and true to the end.

Our verse for today is in the context of the end times.  Those loyal to the beast will dare to fight against Christ Himself.  Their end is sure as the Lamb of God has all power and authority.  There will be decisive victory, and we as faithful followers will share in His triumph!

Today we focus on the cross of Christ.  It is to the unbelieving  foolishness and a stumbling block.  But to believers it is a sign of victory!  When I see the cross, I see triumph over death.  I see Christ as Conqueror over the enemy.  What looked like shame and defeat was transformed three days later to the most defining moment of human history!  And like those Huguenots, I see the cross as a call to faithfulness and loyalty.

Christ’s death on that cross made eternity with Him possible and I am forever grateful.

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