Countless people were crucified in the days of the Romans. The people of that day understood the meaning of a cross.
The cross without the living Christ is no different than a shadow.
The symbol itself has no power at all except to generate fear, superstition, and death.
It is the living Christ who provides life. Yes, the intangible and invisible glory of God. Do not think that evil has respect for any object on earth.
P. S. The same can be said of Mary, the apostles, and the Saints.
What is the shape of your God?