When did “a cross” become “The Cross”?

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To understand the significance of The Cross, one must first imagine the horrific scene on Calvary hill. It was immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hung, His earthly body nailed to a cross.

In those days, a cross was a means by which convicted criminals were put to death. Crucifixion was perfected by the Roman empire as a manner of execution; the convicted were humiliatingly stripped bare then nailed to a cross hung outside the city walls for all to gawk at as one died.

Jesus, the most innocent man in all the world, was found guilty of crime and sentenced to death on a cross.

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