This is the logo and motto of the place where I trained for Baptist Ministry, and I share it today not to promote Spurgeon’s (apparently other theological colleges are available) but for what the Latin phrase in the picture means – “I hold, and I am held.” Six little words, yet such a profound and comforting statement. I hold the cross, and I am held by the cross. That sums up the Christian’s identity, purpose, confidence, peace and hope and is something we need to hear and to hold on to in these uncertain times. I hold the Cross because in it is my salvation, my forgiveness, and my future, for at the Cross Jesus took all my sin and my shame, my fears and my doubts, and took away their power over me. I stand assured of God’s love, grace and presence, and every time I take hold of the Cross, literally or figuratively, I am reminded of that, of who I am, and most importantly, WHOSE I am.
At the same time I am held by the Cross – It reminds me that God is in control, that His love is stronger than death – no matter what the world, the flesh and the devil throw at me the Cross holds me safe and secure and shows me that there is nothing that can separate me from the love of God – in the words of Romans 8v38, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We may not be able to hug one another for the foreseeable future, but here God promises to hold us in His arms whenever we feel the need. And when we are held by God, we can know that we will never be let go. Hold the Cross. Be held by the Cross. Know God’s love for you today.