A CROWN ON EVERY CROSS

For centuries the cross has been designated as the symbol for the Christian church. A leading English dictionary, in its definition of the noun "cross." speaks of it as the "symbol of Christ's death, and so of the finishing of his mission of redemption." Evidently Jesus did not so regard the cross, for through Christ he put a crown of spiritual victory on it when he brought his body forth from the tomb. He completed his mission of redemption when his thought became wholly dematerialized—completely spiritual—and he ascended above the perception of his disciples.

Christendom has chosen to regard Christ Jesus as "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,'" to use the words of Isaiah (53: 3). Yet the world has never known such a life of complete triumph over adversity and limitation, over disease and discord, over sin and sorrow as that of the master Christian. Once when he was in a synagogue Christ Jesus selected and read from Isaiah words which he said applied to him and his mission (Luke 4:18. 19) : "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor: he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Not tears, but triumph is indicated there.

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