A frame or a cross made of wood often used for the slaying of sacrificial animals; an upright pole with a transverse bar used by the Romans to carry out the death penalty upon people.
Then Jesus said to His Disciples. “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” / Then Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” / And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying. “He saved others: let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” / “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” / As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. / For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. / For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. / Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Matt 16:24-25; Mark 10:21; Luke 23:33-35; Matt 27:40; Gal 6:12; Col 1:19-20; 1 Cor 1:18; Heb12:1-2
In the times of Christ the Romans used a cross as a method of execution to carry out the death penalty on people that had been found guilty of various kinds of crimes. Christ was hung on the cross for the payment of sins. Christ died so that through Him others could have eternal life.
I pray today that as I look at the work that you did for me on the cross that it would become a bridge to a deeper relationship to you, that I would seek your face and do your will and that I would lay all my sins and cares of this world at the foot of your cross.