“There is a green hill far away outside a city wall, where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.”
So says the old Easter hymn, and anyone in Hathersage over the Easter period this year who looked up in the Abney direction may well have seen a cross on a green hill far away. It has been there every other year for some years now, with Bradwell benefitting from it in the alternate years.
The cross is the most powerful symbol of the Christian faith. It speaks of the power of God’s love. That God’s own Son would live on this earth as a man, and allow himself to be nailed to a Roman cross, as a once for all sacrifice for the sins of the world. As it says in John’s Gospel, “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.”
It is also a symbol of the victory of Jesus over all the spiritual powers of evil. The Bible refers to how they were “disarmed” by Jesus. They may still have influence in this world, but believers in Jesus have victory over them, and ultimately, they are defeated. That is perhaps why, as well as many appreciative comments about the cross on the hill, some who are into the occult react against it, some with remarkable anger.
It is also a symbol of victory over death. Jesus died on Good Friday, but rose from the dead on the Sunday. All who put their faith in him are promised eternal life with him. Death is no longer to be feared for those who trust in him.
I hope that the cross continues to appear every Easter after I leave the area. If you see it, or even if you don’t, may God give you a revelation of his tremendous love for you, shown in his Son Jesus. Rev. Richard.