“When I first heard of the ‘Ring of Christ™’, I was very curious to see what it looked like. While I consider myself a student of history, I had no idea what to expect in an early Christian ring dug in Cyprus.”
“As a believing Christian working in a professional environment, I am always looking for subtle ways to express my faith and I felt that this might be an avenue by which to do so.”—Andrew Martin
“It was not the history of the ring, where it was found, or its Christian symbolism that moved me, though.”
“In the ring’s supporting materials is a picture of a Cypriot father who, while wearing this Christian ring, has wrapped his body over that of his young family during an earthquake.
In a last ditch effort to save his family, this man – this follower of Christ – has offered his own body as a willing sacrifice to try to save them.”
“I stared at the picture for a long time.”
“Here we are 1,600 years later and despite time, culture, science, and all other advancements made by mankind, I can look at this man and what he did and say ‘I understand.'”
“I understand that kind of love. I understand how you could feel so strongly about your family that you would gladly throw yourself into the breach to save them. I can look at the ring now and see that man’s love for his family. It reminds me of my love for my own family. “
“The ring also reminds me of Jesus Christ’s love for all of us. He also sacrificed His earthly body but not for a few, rather for all.
He gave himself as a ransom for our salvation. The love is the same and, just like the Cypriot father, the sacrifice came with pain.”
“So as I look down at that ring I see my love for my family, Christ’s love for me, and a common thread of love and willing sacrifice that ties all believers together regardless of time, space, or distance.”
“I look down at that ring and I understand.”
Andrew Martin is a husband and father of three who currently resides in Lake Charles, LA. Andrew works in the construction materials industry and enjoys spending time with family and friends. He and his family are walking the gospel together and enjoying every step of the journey.