His Cross of Agony – “A Symbolic Crucifix”
Red is the color of blood and therefore the color of redemption.
Speaks of the deity of our Lord Jesu Christ. Redmption is God’s work, not man’s.
In the back and is covered by the gold and red cross. What we see of the black cross with its rugged horns reminds us of what we have been saved from. Sin.
Crown of Thorns
“The soldiers platted a crown and put it on His head” – John 19:2. There is every reason to believe that His blood ran down upon His sacred brow.
Hammer & Nails
“They have pierced my hands and feet,” so wrote the Psalmist in Psalm 22 long before Christ came. It was love, not nails that held Christ to the cross. He chose to hang there.
“Scourging is severe punishment or torture by lashing. – A whip was employed which consisted of three thongs. The number of stripes ranged from a few blows up to 39, this limit being set in order to avoid all danger of exceeding the 40 blows allowed by the Mosaic Law in corporal punishment, Deut. 25:2-3.
It runs through the heart of the cross. John alone of the Four Gospel writers, tells us this in chapter 19:32-34, “So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him, but when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and at once there came out blood and water.
Hand of Judas
Thirty pieces of silver burn in his hands, blood money. His relation to the cross was one of betrayal and despair.
Three times Peter had denied his Lord, cowardly retreating from the position he had claimed – “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” – Luke 22:33. The symbol of the crowing rooster still speaks. Peter’s denial was a burden to Christ, but his restoration brought great joy.
Hand of the Gamblers
“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier. But his tunic was without seam, woven from top to borrow; so they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.'”
Pilate’s Wash Dish
Pilate was the judge and said to Christ, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no powers over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the great sin.” – John 19:10-11. In Matthew 27:24-26, “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourself.'”