small bible Open Door Baptist Church cross photo
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Why is the Cross on the property of Open Door Baptist Church at Clearbrook arrayed with lights of different colors after dark?
When the electrical power is off; the cross is black, representing sin and death and separation from God. Each of us is guilty of sin, "There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." Ec. 7:20. "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one." Rom 3:10. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:10. cross-first
Red; represents the sinless blood of Jesus Christ who willingly gave his life to pay the sin-debt for all humanity, starting with Adam and continuing until the very last person on earth will be born. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace," Eph. 1:7 "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and that translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" Col. 1: 13 & 14. cross-red
White; replaces the blackness of sins when a person comes to Jesus confessing their sin. "come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa. 1:18 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: 1 John 1:9 cross-white
Green; the child of God desiring to learn more about life on earth with christ our Savior: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." St John 15:4 cross-green
Blue; depicts the endless love God has toward his children: "..., Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love..." Jer. 31:3b "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which it is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom 8:35 and 38, 39. cross-blue
Purple;Reminds us of Jesus, "For He is Lord of lords, and King of kings:" Rev 17:14b "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords" Rev 19:16. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God:" 1 John 3:1a "And they shall see his face: and his name shall be in their foreheads.. And they shall reign for ever and ever." Rev 22:4 and 5a cross-purple
Gold; Encourages us to keep in mind the promise of God: 'And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almightly and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neighter of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall b eno night there.' Rev 21: 21-25 cross-gold