Symbols in our Lives

Published on September 4th, 2016

Wherever you may travel in the United States, you will eventually get a glimpse of the American flag.  Whether that be hanging above a courthouse, place of business, or possibly at a residency, the American flag carries with it respect and dignity.  That is because the American flag represents freedom, justice, and liberty for all.

Other symbols carry meaning too.  For instance, the staff of Asklepios is commonly used to symbolize the practice and profession of medicine. You most likely will see this symbol as you enter hospitals or doctors’ offices.  And court rooms and legal offices display the scales of justice and gavel.  Both are common symbols associated with the legal profession.

Christian symbols are prevalent too.  Christians can take solace in Christian symbols too.  The Christian Dove, Cross, and empty tomb most definitely give assurance and comfort to believers in Jesus Christ.

Dove:

Matthew 3:17 writes, “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”  God’s love was also bestowed upon each of us at our Baptisms.  At that moment, God brought us into his family and instilled in us the gift of faith.  That same Christian faith is strengthened each day by the Holy Spirit working through the Christian instruction of your teachers.  Mesh that Christian instruction into every aspect of your students’ day.

Cross:

The Cross of Jesus reminds and assures believers of life eternal.  Luke records, “Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth today you will be with me in paradise.”  Just like the one criminal who hung on the cross beside Jesus, we shall inherit life, eternal life, because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.  Direct your students daily back to the Cross of Jesus for comfort and heal.

Empty Tomb:

Christians can celebrate Easter every day.  Our Savior is alive.  Jesus has conquered sin, death, and the devil.  Our physical death and tomb is the gateway to our heavenly home and life eternal.  As Christians, we rejoice in the partnership we have with each and the partnership we have with Jesus Christ.  That partnership is a gift bestowed upon us because of the love of our heavenly Father.  Remind your students and pray often with them thanking God for the gift of faith and God’s Christian churches and Christian schools.

Symbols most certainly remind us of certain practices or ideals.  Christian symbols give to the believers in Jesus that absolute truth and assurance of God’s grace, mercy, and love for us that will last forever.

My prayer for you is that you will proclaim Jesus constantly and with great passion!