Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 (ESV)
Throughout the course of this week we will be focusing on a few of the symbols of our Christian Faith. Many of the Christian symbols will be familiar to you. Some you may not recognize.
You may ask why it is important to learn about these Christian symbols? Certainly, the intent is not to divide or to single out. The intent is to unify. We Christians all descend from the same church fathers. Their strategies and symbols are worth studying, as they used them to stand for Christ and to lift one another up in encouragement and identity in Christ.
Those Christians that have come and gone before us were Kingdom Men. They were subjected to situations and hardships that we do not and have not seen. For example, we are not under the threat of being torn apart by lions in the public square. Yet.
During the course of this week, we will endeavor to gain insight into those Chrisitans who have gone before us, and part of that is looking at a few of the symbols that they used:
The Cross , the Ichthys , the Tau-Rho , and the Iota-Eta .
The symbols are a way to remember. They are a way to communicate identity. They are a way to tell His-Story, the story of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Daily Battle Order:
As Easter, Resurrection Day approaches, learning about these symbols of the Christian faith will provide us with insight into the perspective of those who have gone before us. Those Christian “resistance fighters”, many of whom gave their lives for the cause of Christ, and used these symbols as ways to identify with one another as encouragement and as followers of Christ. By studying the history of our faith, we gain encouragement and thereby can encourage ourselves and others to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 (ESV)
Join us tomorrow as we learn about the sign of the Cross.