Christian cross facts for kids
The Christian cross is a symbol of Christianity. Jesus was crucified (nailed to a large wooden cross). This was a commonly used method for killing people in Roman times. Because Jesus came back to life three days after He was crucified, the empty cross is a symbol of Jesus' sacrifice and suffering, but also a symbol of hope, the forgiveness of sins, and victory over death. These crosses are usually found on Christian churches.
History of use of the symbol
Early Christian use
During the first two centuries of Christianity, most people did not display the cross as a symbol of Christianity since it was used as a way to gruesomely kill someone in public. The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians because it was a reminder that Jesus made his disciples "fishers of men."
In modern Christianity
In Christianity, the cross reminds Christians of God's act of love in Christ's sacrifice at Calvary — "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." The cross also reminds Christians of Jesus' victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through His death and resurrection, He conquered death itself.
Forms of the cross
The cross is often shown in different shapes and sizes and many different styles. It may be used in personal jewelry or used on top of church buildings.
Crosses are a popular in Christian cemeteries, either carved on gravestones or as sculpted stelas. Because of this, planting small crosses is sometimes used in countries of Christian culture to mark the site of fatal accidents, or to protest deaths.
Images for kids
A man holding several Eastern Orthodox pectoral crosses
The chancel of this Lutheran church features a very large altar cross.
In Spanish: Cruz cristiana para niños
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