As we move away from the celebrations surrounding Easter, here is something written by Max Lucado:
"The cross. Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Engraved on a ring or suspended on a chain? The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. An odd choice, don't you think?
"It's strange that a tool of torture embodies a movement of hope. Its design couldn't be simpler. One beam horizontal; the other vertical. One reaches out like God's love. The other reaches up as does God's holiness. One represents the width of His love; the other the height of His holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave His children without lowering His standards.
"God put our sin on His Son and punished it there. Your sins have been place on Jesus. Jesus receives the blow. And since Christ is between you and God, you don't. The sin is punished, but you are safe----safe in the shadow of the cross!"