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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Beams of Love
By Amy Nicholson
08/20/06


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We are only human. We all go through periods of dullness. We need to be constantly reminded of what Christ did for us on the cross. This should not be too difficult. We see crosses everywhere we turn: in art, in architecture, in jewelry.

If we are at all familiar with the story of the gospel we know that nearly two thousand years ago a man named Jesus Christ died on a Roman cross in a place called Calvary.
Although many other men of His time died on Roman crosses, Jesus was the Son of God.
That fact made His crucifixion stand out from all the other crucifixions in history. The world has never been the same since that day. Christians believe that Christ died to save sinners for Himself.

Seeing the cross reminds us of Christ’s great sacrifice for us. It also serves to remind us of how we are to respond to that sacrifice: through obedience. We are to keep the Commandments and, specifically the two greatest Commandments.

The cross consists of two beams: a vertical beam and a horizontal beam. The vertical beam stretches from the earth to Heaven. It symbolizes God’s love for us and, ideally, our love for Him. This beam is the longer of the two and represents the greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (NIV Matt. 22:37)

The horizontal beam extends out from the vertical beam to the ends of the earth. It symbolizes our love for our fellow man, as outlined in the second Commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (NIV Matt. 22: 39) This beam is shorter than the vertical beam and should, therefore, be secondary in our mind to our love for the Father.

When we see the cross on the church steeple, on a necklace around our mother’s neck, or even in the shadow the window mullions cast on the wall, we remember two things. We remember what Christ did out of love for us and what we are to do out of our love for Him.


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Joanne Sher 08/25/06
This definitely gave me a lot to think about! I would love to see you expand this with perhaps some real-life examples of showing the two greatest commandments. Great ideas here!
Jan Ackerson 08/28/06
You did say "take out the scalpel", right? This is very well-written and full of truth, great illustrations...but it doesn't really cover any new territory. A writer as talented as you are could easily stretch and write something with more "zing."
Sandra Petersen 08/28/06
Accompanied with suitable pictures, this would make a very good gospel tract for an unbeliever. Thanks for writing!
Jan Ross08/28/06
As a devotional-type entry, it explains a lot. I agree with Jan on this one -- it's nice and neat, but not enough to grab the attention of your reader. Even when you present truth such as this, you want to grab them and keep them reading to the very end. It's nice but to reach those who might not understand these truths, you will need to present it in a way to capture them and keep them. Why not take some time and play around with this ... I think you're a great writer. Add some imagination and you've got a great piece! :)
Virginia Gorg08/28/06
I liked your hint on the boards. This would be a nice devotional - good explanation, but not really "grabbing" the attention. You do well with your word choices and flow, so keep at it - adding some sparkle could make this jump out and grab someone.