Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Crocodile and the Cross!

Have you ever seen the Izod Lacoste logo that looks like a little alligator? You’ve probably worn something with the alligator logo, but do you know the true meaning behind the alligator? First, it’s really not an alligator; it’s a crocodile. In the 1920s the world’s leading tennis player was the Frenchman Rene Lacoste. He won Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open multiple times and had been given the nickname “Le Crocodile.” Some say he got that nickname because of his ferocious tenacity on the court!

At the time, tennis players were still wearing stiff, long sleeved shirts with ties. But when Lacoste played in the 1926 U.S. Open, he wore a shirt of his own creation–a white, short-sleeved cotton shirt with a small crocodile embroidered on the chest. It started a fashion revolution and by 1933 Lacoste was mass producing cotton shirts with the little crocodile. It was the first time a logo appeared on the outside of a garment. Now it’s quite possible you have personally sported the crocodile on something you have worn without knowing about or even caring about the true meaning of the crocodile symbol.

Did you know the same is true of the cross? We see crosses everywhere. There are thousands of crosses on the graves of soldiers. For millions, the cross is just a symbol for a relief organization like the Red Cross. For others, the cross is simply a fashion accessory. People wear them around their necks, on their ears, and even have the cross tattooed on their bodies. But like the crocodile on the shirt, millions of people are displaying or wearing a cross, but they are totally clueless about the meaning of the cross.

The great Christian writer Oswald Chambers observed: “All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.” This Easter you need to be reminded of the significance of that cross upon which Jesus died for you and for me. Paul said this about the cross in Colossians 1:19-20, “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him (Jesus), and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” Peter said it his way in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

During this Easter season and spring, let us not forget the surpassing importance of the cross for our lives. For in the cross of Christ, we find freedom, deliverance, and salvation.

Let me make one more note: I will be leading a tour this fall back to the Holy Land on October 4-13, 2010. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk where Jesus walked and let God’s Word come alive in your life. If you are interested, contact me as soon as possible for more information by calling me at 870-739-3944.