From: T.M. Schoewe
All Saints’ Day was only yesterday so we thought we’d go ahead and say a few more things on the subject to add to what you may have read in last weekend’s article.
From the saints we learn two important facts: (1) there is only ONE CHURCH, and (2) there are only two religions. The old Apostles’ Creed has it right when it says “I believe in the holy catholic (Christian) church, the communion of saints…” It says “believe” because we can’t see it. But God knows who believes, and this eliminates the hypocrites. We all know there are many religions in this world including all kinds of Christian denominations and the atheists as well, whose religion is “no God.” But all religions can be divided into just two classes. Those that require “man must do something to get right with God” and the other that “God has done everything necessary for us and that we are saved by Grace through faith in the Christ of the Cross, and that faith also is a gift of God the Holy Spirit.”
Finally about the Sailor’s Cross, which some have noticed and asked about. What does it look like? Here it is! The two hooks of the anchor are joined by a bar which forms the first letter of the Greek alphabet, ALPHA. The shaft of the anchor at its top has an eye or circle that’s shaped like OMEGA, the last letter of the Greek alphabet. Twisted around the shank is a double wire that reaches through the anchor eye and represents the bronze serpent that Moses held up when the Israelites were struck by fiery serpents for their open immoralities. Looking to that snake on a pole saved them from death. That twisted wire extends off the stone toward heaven.
So the Sailor’s Cross says here is the One, the only One whoever said, “I am the Alpha and Omega,” which means the beginning and the end, the first and the last; the One who saves us from the sting of death that the oldest of serpents brought into this world. YOU ENDS OF EARTH “LOOK, BELIEVE!”
Do we really need a tombstone? Maybe not. They are expensive. But then again, it is a good way to let other people know that you are one with the “Communion of Saints” and on the road to resurrection and eternal life.
In closing we refer you to one of the oldest saints. His name is Job (Job 19:25). He wishes it could be written with an IRON PEN to be remembered simply for believing that his Redeemer lives and in his flesh he will see his creator.