What's the Point of the Cross?

We see crosses everywhere. On buildings, upon necklaces, and even in tattoos. But, in the first century, the cross was a symbol of power, violence, and death. 

So, what in the world compelled early Christians to embrace it as the most treasured symbol of love?!

The Bible itself clearly elevates the cross as its most central and core truth, the very power of God, and the only message Christians offer.