Shadow on the Ground


There is a 19-story Cross located next to Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66.)  This free-standing Cross can be seen from about twenty miles away on the Texas plain and surrounding its base are life-sized statues of the Stations of the Cross.

Kyle and I were driving across Texas, en route to Tulsa to drop off his step-brother Tim, when it appeared in the distance. The three of us — knowing it might be a long while before we had a chance to see this road-side attraction again — decided to stop.

As I recall, there are 13 bronze castings of Christ as He makes His way to His crucifixion — including one when he’s removed. It is a remarkable visual story being told — all without words.

But for me — the most powerful — and perhaps the most frightening statue is of the Roman guard driving home a nail through the palm and wrist of  Jesus. While the sculpture as a whole caught my eye at first glance– it was the shadow on the ground which drew my attention.

It —  for me — underscores John 3:16 : “For God so loved the world, that gave his only begotten Son.”

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