Whenever we look at the cross, what do we see? Is the cross simply a symbol of torture and death, or as we believe, a symbol of hope and life?
Faith is central to Manna Community and because of our faith, we are all about hope. It’s a hope that is displayed within the symbol of the cross. Each time we reflect on the cross, we are prompted to see our lives differently and to look at Jesus. As we look at the life and death of Jesus, we’re instantly connected with a God who cares about us and desires the best for us.
For many of us, this verse set in motion a desire to have a conversation with the divine that is personal to us.
‘For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ – John 3:16
What sets Jesus apart is not just his life, but his death too. Jesus is either the most significant person we will ever encounter, or he is just another good guy with some great ideas from whom we can learn. Our decision to follow him and to allow him to shape our lives is either the most important thing we can decide, or it doesn’t matter at all. In life there are some decisions that matter, and mean the world to us, and there are other decisions that do not. This decision is one that matters.
This man who chose to go to the cross did so for us, that, 2000 years on, we would be able to partake in an amazing relationship with God and also experience the redeeming nature of God.
Man has been searching for God since time began. Jesus opened up that conversation between humanity and divinity, and in it revealed the relational and redemptive aspects of the divine. At Manna Community we’re all still having that conversation, we’re still being redeemed, and we’re still discovering our place in the world.
Today Jesus remains one of the most talked-about and influential people who has ever lived. Christians throughout the world, celebrate the fact that he rose from the dead, and in doing so he changed the world forever.
Why not find out more about him? Is he who he claimed to be? Can his message help us in our lives today? If you’d like to talk with us further about who Jesus is, and how you can learn more about Him, please do get in touch here.