Why a Crucifix? Jesus isn’t Still On the Cross.


Please click HERE for the Catholic explanation for why we use a crucifix instead of an empty cross.

I once had a good friend ask me this same question and then ask “Don’t Catholics know that Jesus rose from the dead? Jesus is not still on the cross.

My explanation was that every mass we celebrate is a sacrificial Remembrance of Christ’s death. And every Sunday is a celebration of His resurrection on the first day of the week–Sunday! So, yes we are well aware that Christ rose from the dead. But John saw the Lamb of God in Heaven looking like it had been slain…So even though the sacrifice happened in time once, it is an eternal sacrifice also. Therefore we commemorate this eternal sacrifice with a crucifix.

Also, Catholics take the scriptures very literally and have a theology of the redemption of suffering, not only Jesus’ but our own suffering is efficacious when joined to the cross of Christ. So, when we “offer up” our suffering in union with Christ’s and the crucifix aids our prayer and reminds us that we have not suffered as much as He. Meditation on His suffering helps us to bear our own suffering.

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

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3 Responses to Why a Crucifix? Jesus isn’t Still On the Cross.

  1. Matthew says:

    Matthew 28:6-He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.” – He is not longer on the cross, biblically speaking, so why do our traditions/ and religions over-rule His Word? Lets give His Word the credit it deserves, ad continually inquire of Him to weed out our religion and tradition so that we can truly follow is Word, not our own. It is not biblical to remember His death, on a cross, but through bread and wine.

  2. bfhu says:

    Matthew,
    Did your read this link WHY THE CRUCIFIX?. In addition to the post the reason we use a crucifix in our Churches and at mass is not because we don’t know or don’t believe that Jesus is risen from the dead. Jesus did in fact die on a cross so why do you accuse us of “over-ruling His Word?” The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that all crosses must be displayed empty.

    Where in the Bible does it say we may not remember His death on a cross but only through bread and wine?

    I think you are confusing your interpretation of scripture,and sermons you have heard with what the Scripture actually says.

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