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An awesome article from Jesus Army’s Streetpaper.

The Jesus Army's famous red crosses

The Jesus Army’s famous red crosses

You can’t get away from it. It’s everywhere.

The cross.

In homes, in films, in paintings, in pop videos. Worn as an earring, on a necklace. Stitched or studded onto leather or denim. Tattooed onto skin…

What would Coca Cola or McDonalds give to own a symbol that millions wear round their necks every day?

The cross is the universal Christian symbol, acknowledged by millions of Christians everywhere as the single visual sign of their faith.

Which is weird, isn’t it? Because the cross was originally a symbol of suffering and defeat. The Roman Empire killed thousands of its enemies by nailing them to wooden crosses.

It’s like wearing a gibbet round your neck. Or hanging a little golden lethal injection from your necklace.

Jesus Christ was executed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. But Christians believe Jesus didn’t stay dead – that Jesus beat death and rose again, beyond death’s reach.

That makes the cross not a sign of death, but a sign of the end of death.

A sign of hope, a sign of possibility – for every human being.

That’s why Christians wear crosses.

The Jesus Army wear and give away bright red crosses (see picture). Jesus Army member, Chris, 38, says “We give away hundreds of crosses. People like them. They glow in UV light, which makes them popular with clubbers! But all sorts of people like them and use them to help them to think about God or to pray.

“They’re designed to stand out” he adds. “The cross of Jesus means we can be forgiven, and can have a new start. Even death’s been clobbered.

“It’s worth shouting about.”

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Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

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