The cube’s compact form has made it a symbol of stability, as well as a figure of limitation, enclosure and imprisonment. But if it is opened out so that it becomes a cross, what we see is a kind of liberation. Yes, this is why we must not view the cross solely as an instrument of suffering and death; it is also a cosmic symbol expressing all of life’s possibilities. In the Gospel texts themselves, Jesus’ death is followed by his resurrection. Why? Because death is not final; it is a necessary preparatory stage for resurrection. Of course, here we need to understand resurrection from a symbolic and spiritual perspective, not a physical one. Resurrection implies firstly death and then a process of transformation, which occurs in successive phases. It can therefore be likened to a new birth.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov