The definition of a cross is an upright post with a transverse bar, as used in antiquity for crucifixion.
“The Cross is a great contradiction. Death and life; hate and love; violence and peace; accusation and forgiveness; sin and purity; brokenness and wholeness; all is lost, everything is gained; destruction and restoration; defeat and victory. Once the cruelest form of execution, yet now, a symbol of abundant life.” – Sarah Coleman
The Second Sorrowful Mystery: Scourging at the Pillar
Third Sorrowful Mystery: Crowning with Thorns
Jesus is “crowned” with thorns, however these thorns weren’t just a wreath upon His head. These thorns were like nails being pounded into His skull!
Notice the spiked thorns in the “Crown of Thorns” plant
The soldiers continued to mock Jesus by giving Him a staff made from a reed (like a scepter), and clothed Him in a purple cloak. The PURPLE cloak symbolizes royalty, wealth, and status.
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Carrying of the Cross
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
The CROSS is the symbolism of our Lord being crucified for the sake of humankind to be ultimately saved.