The Great Cross stands proudly in St. Augustine, Florida at 208 feet high. It is certainly tall, but is only the sixth tallest in the world (the tallest being the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen in Spain). What makes it so unusual is the fact that it is so slim. They had to fill the bottom half with concrete to keep it from falling to hurricane force winds. Built in 1966 it commemorates the start of Christianity in this land and the city’s founding four hundred years prior.
There is another cross whose greatness exceeds any architectural triumph. Today on Good Friday, we celebrate a cross where death led to life everlasting. On that cross was made the ultimate loving sacrifice of the Son of God. Jesus took on Himself every one of our awful sins and healed those who trust Him from its terrible consequences. The cross for some people is foolishness. For others it signifies indignity and failure. But for those who believe, it is the power by which we are saved.
The cross is polarizing. There is no middle ground. Like the two thieves crucified with Jesus, there are only two responses. I either place my trust in Christ as my substitute, or I remain in my sin. What power in this cross of Jesus! His power snatched me from darkness and placed me in His wonderful light! (I Peter 2:9) Because of the cross I have hope. I have life, forgiveness, and healing! The power of the cross is that it cancels the power of my guilt and shame!
Lord, “simply to Thy cross I cling.”