We have a curious relationship with weapons.
It’s what Rick used to construct from Lego, even though we never bought him any guns. And when his uncle bought him laser guns and laser swords, these were what were played with the most.
We have seen a weapon of fairly significant destruction dredged up from the sea today. A remarkable piece of recovery, and even barnacle-covered you can begin to appreciate the engineering involved. But it is still a means of killing.
As Jess reminded us this evening at Nexus, there’s been no weapon invented as completely humiliating as the cross. And nothing as scandalous as killing the perfect one by this means.
We wear this weapon as jewellery.
But Jesus transformed the cross. I suppose you could say he made it into a weapon – but a weapon that defeats Satan, that erases sin, that brings an invasion of peace. It does bring death, but a death to self that enables life in Christ.
There’s a weapon to have a curious relationship with.