I was reminded of a story this week concerning the early meetings between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin. Retold now by many, it seems that Putin had been given a cross by his mother that was dear to him. Maybe it was the sentimental value, but somehow I suspect this visible and tangible object representing the story of God and His redemption and resurrection was bigger than even the sentimentality. I wonder what Putin’s mother told him about Jesus and about the story of the cross of Christ?
In any event, there was a day where Putin lay the cross down in a home and left it only to discover that the home burned down that very night. Rushing back to see if somehow it could be found Putin was greeted by a Russian firefighter who held it in his hand which led Putin to witness that it was his destiny to never be separated from this cross. But the question remains what has he done with this Jesus?
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again is our liturgy of proclamation in this most Holy Week. But, if all we are holding is the memory of the cross, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “We are above all people to be pitied.”
This is your opportunity to consider that Christ has died and risen for a purpose to be lived out in you. What will you do with this Jesus? Will you carry out a symbol of remembrance or will you be the disciple of the risen Christ that God has created you to be?