FACTS ABOUT THE CROSS
THE CENTRAL IMPORTANCE OF THE CROSS
The fact that a cross became the Christian symbol, and that Christians stubbornly refused, in spite of the ridicule, to discard it in favor of something less offensive, can have only one explanation. It means that the centrality of the cross originated in the mind of Jesus himself. It was out of loyalty to him that his followers clung so doggedly to this sign.
THE DELIBERATE CHARACTER OF THE CROSS
What was the fundamental reason for the priests’ hostility to Jesus? Was it entirely that they were concerned for political stability, doctrinal truth and moral purity? Pilate did not think so. He was not taken in by their rationalizations, especially their pretence of loyalty to the emperor. As H. B. Swete put it, “He detected under their disguise the vulgar vice of envy.”