The Dean recently wrote on the connection between Easter and Sanctuary and why the cross is so important in the poster.
“The events of Easter at their heart are about God being involved in offering us sanctuary. We could look at this in many different ways. Consider the pastoral image of sanctuary that we find in the 23rd Psalm, of safety and, provision. Ultimately this sanctuary is provide by the death of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.
We could think of the wonderful words from Isaiah 53, our wholeness our healing comes at the cost of the one who suffered for us
In the Passion narrative in Luke 23, Barabbas, the guilty one is released, set free as another takes his place. The thief on the cross when he recognises Jesus as King is promised paradise, eternal sanctuary.
As Paul puts it in Colossians 1 “God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins… and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” At the cross we have provision, peace, forgiveness, redemption, freedom and hope. As we look at the cross we see that sanctuary is offered here.
When we reflect on this, not only should we be pointing people to the cross to find this Sanctuary but it must impact our thinking on bearing the cost of offering sanctuary to others.