Perspectives of the Cross

Your perspective is the way you think about or see something. A particular perspective is influenced by your beliefs or experiences. You may feel positive after leaving a job interview because from your perspective, things went very well. You answered all the questions to the best of your ability.

Perspective comes from a Latin root meaning “look through” or “perceive,” and all the meanings of perspective have something to do with looking. If you observe the world from someone else’s perspective, it would mean that you would try and see life through their eyes. In art, perspective gives your artwork the appearance of depth or distance. If we say someone “has perspective,” we mean he/she has a sensible outlook on life.

“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, to indicate that a particular situation could be cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty). The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that a circumstance may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view and experiences; their perspective.

Perspective is unique to every individual and is simply one’s interpretation of reality but it can also be cause for some confusion. You can have three eye witnesses to the same car accident and each one gives a little different account. That is because, although all three viewed the same scene, they all saw what unfolded from a different perspective.

In the New Testament of the Bible, we have the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of these books were written by a different early follower of Jesus. Although, there are many stories that overlap in these gospel accounts, some of the details vary. This has to do with perspective. It is also interesting to observe that many of the characters that we are introduced to in the gospels have a different understanding and perspective of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

This Easter season, we want to take a closer look at some of these different perspectives. We are going to “jump into the shoes” of the Roman soldiers who arrested and led Jesus to His crucifixion. We are going to probe Joseph of Arimathea, who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus. Finally, we are going to explore Barabbas, who was freed by Pilate, so that Jesus could be kept as a prisoner. Through our investigation of these three perspectives, we are going to be challenged in the way we see Jesus and His death and resurrection. What is our perspective of Jesus and the cross?

Please join us this Easter as we launch our message series, Perspectives of the Cross.