It’s been said the crucifix is the Churchâ€™s most powerful visual aid. As the little girl in the cartoon underscores, looking at the crucifix can be tough at times. Baby Jesus in the manger is a whole lot easier on the eyes, but Christ on the cross is just as much a part of the reality of our salvation. The nativity doesnâ€™t mean anything without the crucifix. The manger and the cross are inextricably linked â€“ life and death, joy and suffering, working together for our salvation.