The Cross Of Jesus

Razor Swift Research Group

jesus-carrying-a-patibulumTo a Christian the importance of the cross cannot be overstated. Without Jesus dying for our sins -and his resurrection, thus defeating death and Hell- our faith would be utterly worthless. To us, it’s the ultimate symbol of victory making it possible for one to be reconciled back to God. To the Jehovah’s Witnesses however, it’s an offensive symbol used in phallic worship [1]. The reference from the previous sentence however is not an accurate explanation coming from the Watchtower Society [2]. Regardless of where the cross originated from, what it was used for -whether in pagan ceremonies or worship etc- the point of today’s article is to examine what kind of cross that Jesus carried, and was subsequently crucified on.

(KJV) John 19:17  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

The Watchtower claims that the idea of a two beamed cross came 300 years after the death of Jesus [3]. Again, they are not being truthful as there were much earlier writings about a two beamed cross [4]. The Greek word used for cross in the New Testament is stauros (σταυρός). The Watchtower maintains that a stauros only means an upright stake. Without getting into the origin and evolution of this word (perhaps in another article) I would like to focus on another word for just a moment…


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