It seems like no matter where you look these days––the news, social media, advertisements––chaos is being highlighted. So much happened in our nation last year. And the events have continued in 2021 with no indication of slowing down. Not only are politics dividing our nation, but now, even our churches are being divided: those who require masks, those who don’t; those who stay open, those who close; those who support the COVID vaccination, those who oppose it. It is important, in the midst of all of this, to go back to the beginning and remember the significance of the cross. This is why we have cross Christian t-shirts and apparel available for you today.
On the surface, the cross represents Christianity. A non-believer may see you wearing a cross t-shirt and infer that you are a Christian or at least a person of faith. But for those who follow Jesus, the cross symbolizes much more than a religious category. It signifies the humble death and powerful resurrection of Christ. It is a symbol of forgiveness, redemption, and most importantly, love.
Now more than ever we must remember and proclaim the significance of the cross. We must share this with our friends, family, neighbors, our community of believers and non-believers, and even to ourselves.
The Cross Signifies Forgiveness
The cross not only signifies how God forgave and forgives us, but it also represents how we are to forgive others. For humans, forgiveness can be very hard. It takes practice to “let go” of the hurt or pain someone caused us and no longer hold it against them. However, it is what we are called to do.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” With these instructions we have to ask, how did God forgive?
When Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins, he did so in prayer, in love, and in self-abandonment. He wasn’t thinking of himself but of God’s desire. So then, we must do the same.
In the midst of intense division, we see harsh words passed between people, many of whom don’t even know each other. You may also experience this when talking to friends, family members, or co-workers who don’t hold the same beliefs as you. Therefore, when someone offends you, hurts you, lies to you or about you, belittles you, or insults you, remember the cross. Remember to forgive in prayer, in love, and in self-abandonment.
The Cross Signifies Redemption
Not only are we forgiven, but we are saved and redeemed. This means we are not only pardoned, but we are given what we don’t deserve: mercy and grace. It is the redemption of the cross that enables us to live freely and have a relationship with Christ. This is the most precious gift.
In the same way, we are to do what we can to redeem relationships with those who we have forgiven. We are called to do this even though they once wronged us (or we have wronged them). Romans 12:17-18 instructs. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Depending on the hurt someone has caused you, you may need to “live at peace” at a distance. Not everyone gets to have a place in your life. However, you can be at peace with everyone in your heart. This is accomplished by remembering how Christ redeemed you even when you didn’t deserve it.
The Cross Signifies Love
If you look at comments on a controversial social media post or turn on the news even for just a few minutes, love is not what you will witness. As a nation, we have let differences divide us rather than let love unite us. It is very clear in scripture that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). And it does not say, “only if they believe what you believe.” In fact, Jesus tells us to go even further than simply loving our neighbors to loving our enemies:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you… But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:27-28, 35-36, NIV).
Cross Christian T-Shirts Help us Remember the Significance of the Cross
From having your kids home from school for months while trying to juggle work responsibilities to watching the number of COVID deaths reported continue to rise to trying to find the truth amid a political battle, it can be hard to pause and remember the cross. But it is in these moments of chaos and confusion that we need to the most.
This is why, at All Things By Faith, we have a large collection of cross Christian t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, gifts, and accessories for the whole family. We want to help you remember the significance of the cross by wearing the symbol daily.
Shop Cross Christian T-Shirts at All Things By Faith
You can shop our “Cross” collection and more at All things By Faith. Whether you need encouragement to forgive someone who has hurt you, redeem relationships and live at peace, or love your neighbor as yourself, even when they don’t believe the same things you do, the cross Christian t-shirt will help you do it. Plus, at the same time, you get to boldly proclaim your faith during a time in life when Christians are being challenged to stand up for what we believe in.
Shop our “Cross” collection today and remember the significance of the cross!