The Crux of the matter

Southern Cross

The Southern Cross above Auckland, NZ

“When you see the Southern Cross for the first time,
you understand now why you came this way.
Cause the truth you might be running from is so small.
But it’s as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day.”  Southern Cross, Crosby Stills & Nash.

Did you know there is a sign for the cross of Christ in the stars?  Crux, in the shape of a cross,  is one of three Constellations in Libra.  Crux is also known as the “Southern Cross.”  Its in my southern sky.  Its even on my flag (NZ).

Southern Cross on NZ Flag

So what, you might ask?  You might reason that all the stars can form crosses, if we joined the dots up!  Hear me out.  Crux, or the Southern Cross is a constellation in one of the 12 signs, and these signs all have meaning.

The meaning of the sign of Libra is “The price deficient balanced by the price which covers, and the meaning of Crux is “The Cross Endured”.   The reason for the signs is to point to a ransom that would be paid, on a cross.  Christ said He came to give his life as a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28.

 

Constellation Libra Crux Lupus CoronaRight from the beginning, God promised He would send us a redeemer.  He wrote His promise in the sky, for all to see.  The story is now only a remembered fragment, but even the fragments prove the story’s truth.  Sir William Drummond, a poet and philosopher said that “the traditions of the Chaldean Astronomy seem the fragments of a mighty system fallen into ruins.”

Here’s an interesting fact: Crux could be seen in Jerusalem until Christ’s crucifixion in AD33, when it disappeared from the Northern sky.

Tradition, which preserved its memory, assured travellers that if they could go far enough south it would be again seen. Dante sang of “the four stars never beheld but by the early race of men.” It was not until the sixteenth century had dawned that missionaries and voyagers, doubling the Cape for the first time, saw it and brought back the news.  (E.W. Bullinger, “The Witness of the stars”, 1893.)

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