Apologies for the delay in posting this.
Today’s household object is a crucifix and the Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 1:17-25.
The cross has become the symbol of Christianity, because our Saviour died the horrific death by crucifixion which was the Roman means of capital punishment. A symbol of punishment, it is an unlikely symbol, but a crucifix or cross can be found in many churches and households. We often wear a cross as a necklace or pin badge and sometimes have pictures or wooden crosses in a hallway or bedroom. Some have the outstretched arms of Jesus on them; others show an empty cross to remind us not only of the death of Jesus but His resurrection.
Paul reminds us in these verses that the cross is an offensive symbol in many respects, pointing us to death as the only way to eternal life. Today, as we celebrate Good Friday (a day that is good not because death is to be celebrated of itself, but because of what Christ’s death on the cross achieved for us), we bow in humble gratitude before a Saviour whose love for us was so great He endured the pain and agony of the crucifixion to bring us back into relationship with God. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!