The Cross In Our Bodies

Many months ago, I got an e-mail from Fellowship co-founder Joan, about Laminin — a super-important protein that holds our bodies together, the molecular structure of which resembles a cross.

I bracketed that e-mail and promised myself I would look into it.

Well, I did, and it is true, confirmed by

Laminin is defined by the Webster Medical Dictionary as a “glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion.” In other words, looking at laminin as a kind of glue isn’t far from the truth….

In their book The Laminins authors Peter Elkblom and Rupert Timpl…They describe laminins that, together with other proteins, “hold cells and tissues together.” They also say, “Electron microscopy reveals a cross-like shape for all laminins investigated so far.”

This is what Wikipedia says about Laminin:

Laminins are major proteins in the basal lamina (formerly improperly called “basement membrane”), a protein network foundation for most cells and organs. The laminins are an important and biologically active part of the basal lamina, influencing cell differentiation, migration, adhesion as well as phenotype and survival.

Laminins are [also called] trimeric proteins [because they] contain an α-chain, a β-chain, and a γ-chain….The trimeric proteins intersect to form a cross-like structure that can bind to other cell membrane and extracellular matrix molecules….

The laminins are a family of glycoproteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding in almost every tissue of an organism…. Laminin is vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues. Defective laminins can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy, lethal skin blistering disease (junctional epidermolysis bullosa) and defects of the kidney filter (nephrotic syndrome).

And here’s a diagram of Laminin:

How amazing is that!

Like the Cross on which our beloved Lord, Jesus the Christ, was crucified so that we may be saved, the laminin crosses in our flesh-and-blood bodies also give us life — until we leave this mortal coil to join Him in eternal life.


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lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

Intelligent design, with the Cross prophetically programed into our DNA. How marvelous that God thought of everything before the foundation of the world!

9 years ago

Amazing. When I studied anatomy I remember marveling how everything came together and worked, after starting as a little fertilized egg. Heart cells gathered with heart cells. Lung cells gathered with lung cells. Skin cells gathered as skin cells, brain cells gathered as brain cells, all in their correct places, over and over and over again. Then expanding that thought to all the variations of life. Miraculous, wondrous… awesome.

Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf
9 years ago

Well what can I say but God works in mysterious ways! God bless you all on the birthday tomorrow of America.

9 years ago

Good Grief!

9 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

must be the heat

6 years ago

Jesus is here: The day of Judgment is next year: