This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
So often as we go through our day, we see things and don’t even remember what we have seen. I bet you have already seen several symbols today and they didn’t even register with you because you have seen them many times. Symbols can be in words or pictures. Most often we think of them in pictures we see. For instance, I am using a computer, and on the bottom of this computer I see the symbol of an apple. That tells me the company that made my computer even without writing out the name of the company. The symbol of a camera makes you think of photographs; maybe the photograph of a loved one who lives far away. A single symbol can trigger our minds to think of many things. Often while we are watching TV, a commercial comes on the screen that shows a candy bar. That symbol can trigger in you the desire to eat something sweet.
In Christian communities, the empty cross is a symbol that reminds us that Jesus died on a cross, was taken down and buried, but most importantly He arose from death to join His Father in heaven. Many churches and houses of worship have crosses on them or near them. That tells anyone who sees that symbol that the people who worship in this building believe in their risen savior.
The next time you see the symbol of an empty cross, think about what Jesus did for us, for you and for me, when He died on a cross. This symbol may encourage you to connect or reconnect with Jesus.