Our wide selection of olive wood crosses presents one of the primary symbols of Christianity in precious olive wood, made by hand in Bethlehem, the town where JESUS was born, and shipped directly to you from Jerusalem. Olive wood crosses make ideal Christmas gifts, but since we need the deliverance found in HIS victory on the cross every day, they are also popular year-round Christian gifts and olive wood ornaments.
A broad variety of crosses are stocked in our olive wood store, from small key chains and comfort crosses with sackcloth bags to larger stand-alone crosses and hanging wall versions, as well as a special section for olive wood pendants, including an assortment of cross necklaces. Various decorative designs are used to complement the theme of the cross, as well as augment the beautifully unique grain of the wood.
The wood used for these crosses are sourced from pruned branches, meaning it is not harvested with the intention of creating olive wood items, but basically provides an outlet for the cut-offs produced by the essential process of trimming. Just like the pruning process described in John 15 where GOD acts as the Gardener that trims back the dead areas in our lives so we can bear fruit, the olive tree is a natural example of pruning in action. The old branches are cut off, making way for new life to come, but instead of wasting what could be seen as ‘has-beens’, the nation of Israel learnt the concept of creating “beauty out of ashes”from their REDEEMER.
Olive wood trees are native to the Holy Land and have been part of the scenery as the events of the Bible played out, surviving (and thriving) still today to stand testimony to the longevity of GOD’s Word.
In Matthew 26, we read of JESUS desperately praying to HIS FATHER in the garden of Gethsemane, surrounded by olive trees. The garden of Gethsemane is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives and in Hebrew, its name means ‘oil press’. It’s assumed that there was an actual oil press in the garden, but in light of GOD’s love for weaving symbolism into HIS Word, it can hardly be an incidental connection that JESUS was so hard pressed that night, knowing HE was soon to become downtrodden and broken for our transgressions – just like an olive fruit is squashed in order to harvest that precious oil that brings healing, anointing and light to the world!
Whenever you admire the crafty details of one of our olive wood products, may you be reminded of the GOD who planned everything to the finest detail when HE made the world. The ONE who weaves the story of salvation into every little thing. The ONE who was hard pressed so we could be blessed, died to bring about eternal life for HIS shoots and teaches us that beauty and worth can be generated from something the world is inclined to throw to the side!
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