CrossWalk

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

Crosswalka designated point on a road at which some means are employed to assist pedestrians wishing to cross. They are designed to keep pedestrians together where they can be seen by motorists, and where they can cross most safely across the flow of traffic. 

 CROSS-central symbol of the Christian faith.

Cross-to move, pass, or extend from one side to the other side. Synonyms: traverse, span, bridge.

WALK-move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion; to advance; to proceed through, over, or upon.

The entire basis of the Christian faith is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the bridge (CROSS) between us and God the Father. I think that we have forgotten the importance of The Cross. 

 John 3:16 (NASB) 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

 Look back at the definition of CROSSWALK. It’s a “designated point” to cross from one side to the other. Have you had a “designated point” when you decided that living for yourself wasn’t going to work any more and you “crossed over” from one side to the other? Have you “crossed over” and at some “designated point” you gave your life to Jesus Christ? What difference does Jesus make in your life today? Any?

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.

 Verse 18 says “…and all of this…”. All of what? Look at the verses that lead up to verse 17-18.

2 Corinthians 5:11-16 (NLT) 11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[c] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[d] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!

 Verse 13 sounds like if you really live for Christ, some people might think you’re crazy…just like crossing the street at the CROSSWALK instead of just crossing where it’s most convenient.

 According to popcenter.org (Center for Problem-Centered Policing), “unsafe pedestrian behavior is a major factor in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In a recent study of 7,000 pedestrian-vehicle crashes in Florida, researchers discovered that pedestrians were at fault in 80 percent of these incidents.

Pedestrian jaywalking. Specifically, jaywalking is often cited as a poor pedestrian behavior that leads to pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Jaywalking is a general term for any form of illegal street-crossing by a pedestrian. There are several types of pedestrian behavior that qualify as jaywalking:

  • walking against a pedestrian walk signal,
  • crossing a street where there is no crosswalk 
  • crossing a street outside of a marked crosswalk where one is present
  • walking on a street along with the traffic flow (ignoring designated pedestrian pathways).”

 I think some of us here tonight are guilty of…Christian Jaywalking. We’ll try to get from one point in our life to another point by attempting to take every short cut we can think of…instead of just walking a few steps further…to cross at the CrossWalk!

Matthew 7:13-15 (NASB) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:13-15 (NLT) 13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

 When you think of a CrossWalk, it may seem like it’s out of the way and inconvenient to Cross…where you’re supposed to. In Matthew’s account of the Gospel, Jesus tells us that the “CrossWalk” or “Gateway to life” is narrow and not easy…

But if Jesus says that it’s the “way that leads to life”…I want to choose that way…even if it’s difficult. Some of you may be Christian Jaywalkers…maybe because you simply don’t trust that Jesus’ way is actually the best way to live your life.

 Our key verse for Echo is…

Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

 As we learn to trust Jesus with our lives, we’ll WANT to imitate Him in everything He does. He made it through the CrossWalk…so can we…if we follow Him.

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