The cross has not only become the symbol for Easter, it’s become the symbol for all of Christianity.
The reason I say “become” is because it hasn’t always been that way. For the early Christians, the symbol of Christianity was the empty tomb. And by early, I don’t mean the first few years of the church.
The cross didn’t become into prevalent usage in art or churches until the 4th century.
Forgive me for repeating myself, but it was the EMPTY TOMB that the early Christians kept in the forefront of their minds.
I’m not trying to lessen our attention on the cross, only make sure we give equal focus to the power of the resurrection -which is the triumph of Life over death. It is the picture of our rebirth into men and women who have become the temple of God and have the Spirit living in the new Holy of Holies, our hearts.
He is risen. The tomb is empty. Let us focus and rejoice in that, the greatest news of all time, and live our own resurrected life because of what He has done.