Last night I went to the Rock and Worship Roadshow featuring The David Crowder Band and MercyMe (and was introduced to Family Force Five, who rocked my face off by the way). During MercyMe, a group of people were directly across from us (in the nose-bleed section of the arena). They had these glow-wands (that probably cost a few bucks to make). While MercyMe was performing, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at the disposal, these handful of glow-wand owners were making their own messages, using the wands to come together to make words and shapes. They wrote "Hi" (first thing I saw) and showed an arrow pointing up. But at one point in the concert, they made a cross. When they did that, the arena started cheering. I'm sure some down below thought it was for the music, but it was for the cross. It just reminded me: nothing compares to the cross. One of the students that I went with said that he saw Bart Millard (lead singer for MercyMe) look up to the right, noticing the cross, and then smiling.
The cross: precious, scandalous and beautiful all at the same time. It was proven once again last night. Thank you Jesus for your cross.