The Cross

Keith Knight

"Carrying the cross by Himself, He went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).  They nailed Him to the cross.  Two others were crucified with Him, one on either side, with Jesus in between them.  And Pilate posted a sign over Him that read, "Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews."  John 19:17-19

Frank Silecchia was the iron worker in New York City who found "America's Healing Cross" at ground Zero on September 13, 2001.  After helping recover three bodies, Silecchia noticed what he called "Calvary."  When Tower One collapsed on World Trace Center Building 6, it created a unique valley bordered by the mounds of contorted debris.  One writer called it a "new-millennium translation of the valley of the shadow of death."  Silecchia was overwhelmed by the dim view of a perfectly symmetrical cross standing upright in the middle of that providential space.  He quickly became the guardian of the cross and took numerous people there for comfort.  His faith compelled him to remind people that the cross was God's way of saying, "I never left you...I've been here all along."  When Barbara Walters arrived with two of her family members who had lost a son there, she pointedly asked, "How could you tell me God's here?"  Frank led her through the debris to "Calvary."  She then responded, "I need a picture of that."  Frank wanted the cross saved for the entire world to see.  He said, "I want everybody to have it just as Christ wanted everyone to have salvation."  On reflecting back to the first time he actually touched the crossbeams of steel, Frank said, "I felt the power of the cross. Not just THIS cross, but THE cross."  He stated, "Terrorism is the devil's tool; the cross is our tool.  And I don't think, I know, we'll win."

As we reflect back on the horrific events that took place 10 years ago, it is natural for us to question why this happened.  What good could come from this catastrophic event?  Shock, anger, and fear gripped us as we tried to understand the attack and the magnitude of death.  I remember the exact time and exact place I was at when I heard the news as it unfolded.

I'm sure that the same questions and emotions that flooded our minds 10 years ago were similar to the people who lived 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ bore the sins of the world on the cross.  Why did death happen?  Jesus was stripped nearly naked and was executed.  It appeared to the people that the Messiah had obviously lost his kingdom, but Jesus turned the world's wisdom upside down.  His death and resurrection would strike the final blow to Satan's rule and establish Jesus' eternal authority.  Jesus could have saved Himself, but He endured this suffering because of His love for us." 

Death is hard, but all is not lost.  Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews.  He is alive and salvation comes only through Him.  Receive Him today as Savior and Lord.

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