Early believers chose the cross of Jesus Christ as the symbol of Christianity. They could have chosen a different symbol like Jesus’ cradle symbolizing the incarnation; or the carpenter’s bench that Jesus worked at for most of his life, speaking of the dignity of manual labor; or the towel as a symbol of humble service. Instead, though, early believers decided to choose the cross, a symbol of shame in their day. Why did they choose the cross? Because the cross speaks to us on so many levels and in so many ways. The cross speaks to us about how much we are loved by God, how we will suffer in life, how we are sinners in need of a savior, how we can live holy lives and how eternal salvation is possible. During Lent this year we want to look and listen to what the cross of Jesus Christ says to us today.