OK, I can’t stand the taste of these little buns. BUT, thankfully the story doesn’t end there. The symbolic meaning of hot cross buns knocks my socks off. There are many sources of information out there on the historical significance of these sweet breads but I am going to suggest we simplify. Just two words are necessary for me—the cross.
God’s love for me is so unjustified. I did nothing to deserve it. I trip up every day. And yet, He loves me still. His grace covers me. The cross is where it all happened. Whether the basic cut in the dough with a knife, or the rough, heavy lumber nailed together, it’s significance is startling.
In early Christian centuries, it is thought that the cross may have been rarely used as a Christian symbol, as it depicted a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution and Christians were reluctant to use it ( Christianity: an introductionby Alister E. McGrath 2006). Isn’t it amazingly cool that Christ was crucified on something that was a negative symbol and in doing so turned it into something positive – forgiveness and restoration?! Simple, yet so profound.
So perhaps, as you enjoy your hot cross buns this Good Friday, you will have pause to think in a new way.