Our cross sculpture that is mounted at the front of the Oak Tree Centre, home of Shenley Christian Fellowship, has attracted no small amount of attention since its erection during lockdown. But why does it look like it does?
The cross is a Christian symbol. The Romans used crucifixion as a method of capital punishment centuries ago. But when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross on the hill of Calvary outside Jerusalem for the sin of mankind, the cross became a symbol of hope – a sign of the faith of Christians worldwide.
When the Oak Tree Centre was being designed, one of our church members wanted to design a cross sculpture to stand at the front edge of the site. The sculpture that you now see was designed by this person. The cross is bent round and forwards to represent Christ welcoming all who would turn to Him. People have testified to how impacted they have been by this; how it has seemed like a welcome – an embrace.
It is our hope and prayer that anyone who sees this sculpture will find warmth and comfort in it. And anyone who turns to Jesus Christ in repentance and asks Him into their lives will have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16