In his history of remarkable entertainers, Ricky Jay told the story of Tommy Minnick. Minnick had learned how to stand excruciating pain. Just before the turn of the century, in a hall in Trenton, New Jersey, he was actually nailed to a cross. Of course, he didn't stay on it very long, and he was taken down alive. But it is a useful reminder that the old song was right. We are saved by the Christ of the cross, not by the cross of the Christ.

Someone has said, "We have smoothed the cross and sanded it and polished it and hung it in our sanctuaries and forgotten what it meant. We've fashioned it of gold or silver and hung it around our necks and forgotten what it meant." We must ever remember that the significance of the cross lies in the Person Who died on it.