The Cross Represents the opposite of selfishness. There is no way to look at Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and say he did it for himself. It was all for you and all for me.
For century’s craftsmen and artisans have been reproducing crosses as a primary symbol of Christianity. To me, the cross is much more personal… it reflects who I am and whose I am. It brings pure joy to us at www.ChristianGiftsPlace.com when we find Artisans who are doing something different with crosses. Especially when the something different makes the crosses so personal.
Once again, we are happy to profile one of our very special Artisans who make products that help make our store so successful. David B. does with carbon steel what a jeweler does with stones. The steel is polished and textured for a one-of-a-kind design. The beautiful colors are revealed using only the heat from a blowtorch, a process he calls flame-painting. Each piece of art is handmade in Dallas, Texas and signed by the artist. He delights in special orders and trying something new and different. So just ask!
Two of his pieces, that we carry, are profiled below:
The Vine Cross is reflective of John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Jesus called Himself the Vine and we were to ‘graft’ into Him. He is the Vine and we are the branches. I recently came across a quote from St. Augustine about the vine and the branches.
“The branches of the vine are most despicable if they are not joined to the vine; and are most noble if they are…If they are cut off they are of use neither to the vinedresser nor to the carpenter. The branches are for one of two things: the vine or the fire. If they are not on the vine they go to the fire; to avoid the fire they must be united to the vine.”
The Diamond Cross is illustrative of how a diamond is not very attractive fresh out of the earth. If someone came upon it with no knowledge of what they had before them, they might even throw it away as a common stone, but when fashioned by a master jeweler’s hands, it becomes the most valuable of all stones. It is like that with us. We are that rough, unattractive stone, but when we finally realize just how incredibly precious we are in the eyes of God and receive His Son, Jesus Christ, we are transformed into new creations.
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