Have you been told to keep your focus at the foot of the cross?
[July 31, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
“Keep your focus at the foot of the cross” is often dished out by those who consider themselves Christians. It’s a common mantra in Christianese. It’s used by accredited Christian counselors, church leaders, pew warmers, tin-pot evangelists….you name it.
The saying is easy to learn and repeat parrot fashion, like a mantra. Or like the instructions on the medicine packet: “take one with water three times a day with meals, and one at bedtime”.
Have you ever pondered about what “keep your focus at the foot of the cross” means? If you have, you may have wondered:
1) Which cross? — because there were three crosses
- the cross of the man who repented
- the cross of the unrepentant man
- the cross on which Jesus was nailed
2) Which individuals at the foot of the cross / crosses?
- good individuals? — perhaps including soldiers
- bad individuals? — including whited sepulchers
- “average” individuals?
- the soldiers who cast lots for Jesus’s clothing?
- individuals present but not referenced in the Bible?
3) Perhaps Jesus’ foot, nailed to the cross?
“Jesus’ foot nailed to the cross” is a legitimate interpretation of “the foot of the cross”. Folks who interpret words concretely and folks who think about the multiple meanings of the word “foot” may well ask the question: “Whose foot? Jesus’ foot?”
Over to you, dear readers
What are your experiences, thoughts and reflections on the advice to “keep your eyes on the foot of the cross” or “keep your focus on the foot of the cross” or “keep your eyes on the cross”….or any other variants of that saying.
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