As you enter Calvary’s sanctuary throughout Lent, you will see the large Lenten banner of the cross containing powerful words associated with the teachings of Jesus Christ — Justice, Peace, Grace, Love and Faith
If you take a few moments to ask yourself what the cross and those words mean to you, they are likely to bring up may different thoughts on your own Christian experiences.
Which words resonate with you right now? How do they apply to your life and your understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ?
Following are the meanings of the words on the cross by those who created the powerful symbol for Lent.
JUSTICE is at the foot of the cross representing our need to be grounded in justice through grace. The prophets of old preached justice for the poor and downtrodden. Jesus continues that message. “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” – Amos 5:24
PEACE is at the center of the cross representing the flow of peace in the center of our being. Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
GRACE and LOVE are on the “arms” of the cross representing Christ’s arms reaching out giving his all for us in life and in death. It is God’s costly love freely given (grace) that makes us whole. “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4
FAITH is placed at the head of the cross representing the power behind our trust in God. Placing faith at the head reminds us to keep our eyes on God. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” – Romans 3:22
Throughout Lent we hold a peaceful service on Wednesday evening with prayer, music and communion where two members of Calvary will share their personal perspectives on the cross. The presentations are always contain insightful and meaningful messages for us to consider.
You are always welcome to join us, hear from others, and consider your own faith during these services — Perspectives on the Cross.