This cross with “fish” cut out is made from locally sourced olive wood and crafted by artisans in the Bethlehem area.
Fish appeared multiple times in the gospel – The calling of the disciples, feeding the multitude, after resurrection… Also, in the early days of Christianity, fish was a secret symbol for Christians and churches. The Greek letters spelling fish – ichthys, can also form an acrostic for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”.
The cross is the ultimate symbol of Christian faith, communicating the sacrificial love of God. The cross Jesus died on was an instrument of torture used by the Romans occupying the first-century Holy Land. According to the New Testament, Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for us to receive forgiveness of our sins and reconciliation with God (Romans 5:8). The cross is thus transformed into a symbol of life and love.
Note: Due to the nature of olive wood and the individuality of the artisans and their processes, every cross is unique and differs slightly from the picture posted