“The Shadows of the Cross” is not intended to be a service of celebration, rather it is a service of reflection of the one moment in history when it seemed as though the world would be in total darkness (without Jesus). This service also reminds us that the true love of God is eternal and is reflected in John 3:16-
“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.”
The Shadow of Betrayal – Bag of Coins
The bag of coins represents the money given to Judas by the chief priests for leading them to Jesus.
The Shadow of Inner Agony – Praying Hands
The praying hands represent the moments Jesus spent in anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, praying for God’s will to be done.
The Shadow of Desertion – Sword
The sword represents the soldiers and others who came to arrest Jesus. He faced them alone as the disciples fled.
The Shadow of Denial – Rooster
The rooster represents Peter, who contrary to his own statement of his commitment to Christ, denied Him three times before the rooster crowed, which is exactly what Jesus prophesied to him. It also represents the weakness of man and the grace of Christ in forgiving sinners.
The Shadow of Accusation – Mask
The mask represents the false witnesses who testified against Jesus. It reminds us that Jesus can see beyond our own faces to the sins of our hearts.
The Shadow of Mockery – Red Shroud on the Cross
The red shroud represents the blood Jesus shed as he was crucified.
The Shadow of Death – Black Shroud on the Cross
The black shroud represents the death of Jesus on the cross. It also represents the darkness of our sins that are forgiven by Jesus through His death.