fire erupted in the Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday, destroying the Gothic architecture of the church that has been the iconic symbol of Paris, France for 850 years. The fire itself took more than twelve hours to put out by firefighters from the Paris Fire Service, according to an article from USA Today. Since this tragedy, donations of more than $700 million dollars are being given by some of France’s richest families in order to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral. It will take five years to rebuild, according to an article from USA Today.
Despite this tragedy that occurred, a golden altar of a cross was seen glowing amongst the ashes from the fire, which, according to The Sun, is a symbol of hope. The cross was found along with many other artifacts that were found as salvaged in the Notre Dame Cathedral, according to The Sun.
Besides being a message of hope, I view the finding of the cross in the Notre Dame Cathedral as significant for the following reasons.
- The cross ultimately points the people of Paris, France as well as Atlanta, Georgia and the whole world, who witnessed this tragedy, to Jesus.
The cross that was found in the Notre Dame Cathedral gives each person in Paris, Atlanta and around the world the opportunity to witness the power of God. The fact that the cross was not destroyed in the Notre Dame Cathedral is a direct reflection and imitation of the power of God that is found in the cross and ultimately, in the victory of Jesus Christ. This is so that those who are impacted by this tragedy will see it as hope as they step out on faith and walk in the power of the cross that is in Jesus Christ. It is written in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18, English Standard Version).
- The cross is the open door for the multitudes of Paris, France, Atlanta, Georgia and other parts of the world to know the person of Jesus Christ as they witness this great miracle of the cross on the news.
The sad and painful truth is that there are people, who do not know Jesus as his or her personal Lord and Savior. They are starving for a sign to know that there is a reason for living and a reason for hope in a world that is full of sin, darkness, and tragedy, such as the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral. In the midst of this tragedy, a sign, a cross, was found, which can ultimately be used to tell of the story of the life of Jesus (mainly of his crucifixion and resurrection in order to impact another person) to another person who does not know Him as his or her personal Lord and Savior. If a person does not know Jesus, that person who saw this cross on the news can tell that person of the story behind the cross and the significance behind the cross so that the person can learn more about Jesus and His divine power that was found in the cross in order to save souls. In this way, more souls can be brought into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through the message of the cross that was found at the Notre Dame Cathedral.
- The cross is a symbol that Paris, France, as well as Atlanta, Georgia and the rest of the world have victory and can walk in it today.
The fact that the cross at the Notre Dame Cathedral did not get tarnished, broken, or destroyed is a sign that Jesus has already gained the victory on behalf of Paris, Atlanta and other parts of the world who witnessed this tragedy. It is not only a sign, as previously mentioned, but a miracle because it turns the focus of the world on Jesus and not on this recent tragedy as Paris, Atlanta and other parts of the world fix their focus on their eternal Savior and Lord. It is written in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, English Standard Version).
The Notre Dame Cathedral endures. The Notre Dame Cathedral lives because of the victory that is found at the cross. The Notre Dame Cathedral is victorious because of the power of the cross that is found in Christ Jesus! God bless you dear reader!