You may not have an expensive cross hanging from a gold chain around your neck, but you wear a cross… everywhere! God infused the human body with the protein called, Laminin, which literally holds your entire body together, inside and out, cell to cell. What’s more, it is shaped like a cross! The Word says, let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Even otters pray. Maybe every cell of your body knows the Lord, even if you don’t – but you can! (Romans 10:9)
The following definition of Laminin is found on wikipedia:
Laminin is a protein found in the extracellular matrix, the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs also called the basement membrane. It is the major non-collagenous component of the basal lamina, such as those on which cells of an epithelium sit. It has four arms that can bind to four other molecules. The three shorter arms are particularly good at binding to other laminin molecules, which is what makes it so great at forming sheets. The long arm is capable of binding to cells, which helps anchor the actual organs to the membrane.
Structurally, the laminin protein is made up of three polypeptide chains – α, β and γ, giving it a total of six “ends”, accounting for a lot of its flexibility in connecting various molecules. They are a family of glycoproteinsthat are an integral part of the structural scaffolding in almost every animal tissue. Laminins are secreted and incorporated into cell-associated extracellular matrices. Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together. Improper production of laminin can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy.
Is it Really a Cross?
Some argue that Laminin’s shape is not really a cross, but a sword. Well most Christians could take that explantion and raise you a John 1:1 – 5:
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
The Word is also called the Sword of the Spirit – and man is both spirit and body. Still some say that Laminin is portrayed as a cross only so the human eye can more easily conceptualize the parts of the protein. Jesus also spoke in parables! But let’s consider a real image of laminin. The protein often appears bent.
Why would a cross be leaning this way. Well, I’m glad you asked. It reminds me of the palm tree. When the storm winds blow, the palm tree bows low, bearing the force of the storm. When the winds subside, it stands aright again. The body moves in all different directions, like a storm over molecules. When we are going through somethinge, the bond that hold us together is able to bow and sway and stay through the wind until we reach calmer motion. Maybe Laminin is bent in this picture, but straight in another – when the motion was different.
Honestly, for every naysayer, a faithful person could come up with some reason to believe because that is why it is called faith – you have the substance of hope because you want to believe. It is a choice. I choose to believe that Laminin is shaped like a cross.
I CORINTHIANS 1:25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.