The Cross is a predominant feature everywhere in our culture. You see it on jewelry, clothing, and tattoos. People have both idolized it and despised it. The cross has been gold-plated and burned, worn and trashed.
History has done everything BUT ignore it. How could you? The Cross is the greatest Christian symbol. On its beams is the greatest claim in history. A crucified carpenter claiming to be God on Earth. Paying a debt He didn’t owe for us who couldn’t pay. Never before or since has wood been regarded as so sacred. The Apostle Paul called the Cross event the core of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).
The Ark and the Cross both have the common thread of Salvation. On the Ark there was only one door and one way to be saved from the flood. All who entered the Ark were saved. The Cross is the symbol of the only way of salvation. Jesus paid our debt of sin on the Cross. He is the only door to Salvation. By accepting His sacrifice we are saved from eternal death.
There are many reasons for building the Cross. It represents the salvation message of the Gospel. When you visit this Cross you will be able to see the future plans for the museum. There will be a Visitors Center explaining the vision for the property and the role you can play in this and other exciting future projects.
From the parking lot you will cross over a bridge and come to twelve stones. These stones are a memorial to the deliverance of the Israelites as they crossed over the Jordan River on to dry land. God told them to place twelve stones in a stack so that when their children asked about the stones they would remember to tell their children all of God’s miraculous works. Our stones will be a reminder for us to tell our children of all that God has done for us.
You will move on through the garden area with interactive garden art, such as a chalkboard wall. On this wall you can list a prayer request or the name of a lost loved one, etc. You will leave out of the garden area where the plantings and trees will get sparser. You will come to the path Lux et Veritas*, and along this path you ponder Christ on the Cross. It is along this path that you will ponder Christ on the Cross. What are your thoughts?
Perhaps it’s been a while since you looked at the Cross. Perhaps you never have. The Cross can mean so many different things to different people. It can mean hope, change, the promise of eternal life, reunion, and reconciliation. There will be Scripture verses along this path telling about the Cross. This will allow time for reflection and pondering until you stand at the foot of the Cross with the One who claimed to come to save your soul.
*Latin for "Light and Truth", Hebrew is Urim V’Tamim
**Latin for "See for Yourself"