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  19.09.2014 Wetter Ostsee

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Why the cross?

 In Jesus’ day, the Roman army ruling Israel carried out capital punishment by using a wooden cross. Criminals, troublemakers and others who threatened society were crucified in public places for everyone to see.
 False charges were levied against Jesus. Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, accused him of blasphemy against God and of being a threat to Roman rule. Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, had Jesus nailed to a cross on a Friday.
 Perhaps ironically to non-Christians, that day came to be called Good Friday. God reached down into our Lord’s grave and restored him to life. The cross that had been a symbol of horror became a symbol of joy.
 That’s why we sing with gusto:
 
  In the cross of Christ I glory,
  Towering o’er the wrecks of time,
  All the light of sacred story
  Gathers round its head sublime.