Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Cross and The Blood

Though the cross is an instrument of death, it has become a symbol of beauty and of life. We decorate our homes with crosses and adorn ourselves with jewelry bearing the very same symbol. I looked around my home and started seeing many pieces bearing a cross in their design. Some are more subtle and you have to look a little more closely to see, but they're there.

As I watched the Passion of the Christ again this year, I was physically repulsed by the violence and shedding of blood that took place during the scenes depicting the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus. But whereas in any other movie I would be unwilling to subject myself to that level of gore, I am able to force myself to watch this (through partially shielded eyes) in order that I may see the beauty in the blood of Jesus, knowing that it was that very blood that became my salvation. The words of this song say it best:

I love you for the cross
I'm overwhelmed by the mystery
I love you for the cost
That Jesus you would do this for me
When you were broken
You were beaten
You were punished
I go free
When you were wounded and rejected
In your mercy
I am healed


Bonjour Madame said...

This is beautiful. Thank you.

Shab-n-Chic said...

I love the photos Ann. I have still not watched the movie, but I do want to someday. May you have a blessed Easter Sunday.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Ann
I haven't watched the film. I can't watch anything that's too harrowing, it's stays with me and haunts me. I like the photos especially the second one. I wish you and your family a very happy Easter.
Isabelle x

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Lovely. Absolutely wonderful! I will never cease to be amazed at the "great exchange" He offers us -- our wrecked lives for His grace, peace, mercy, forgiveness, and eternal life.

Thanks, Ann!


Carolyn said...

Found your blog while visiting another. Your pictures are lovely. I have the movie, Passion of the Christ, but so far I just can't handle watching it. God's love and sacrifice is almost too much to wrap my mind around. I don't have a blog yet, but wanted to say hello. Blessings, Carolyn Gilbert

A Vintage Mood said...

Hello Carolyn. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you were here. Blessings to you!

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