CrossWalk-2

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hey! We’re just getting started on our series called “CrossWalk”.  A CrossWalk is meant to keep us safe and help us get from one side of a street to the other. But, sometimes…it just seems to be inconvenient to use the crosswalk. Join us on our journey…as we learn to use the CrossWalk.

What did you want out of your summer?

What did you want to be different when you start school in the fall?

(or whatever you do)

Will you commit the next 10 weeks to getting to know Jesus better?

Will you consider asking Him to show you how He sees you?

Will you commit to taking a CrossWalk with Jesus this summer and fall?

When I say “cross”, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

Do you think; “why would anyone hang on a cross and die for other people?”

1 Corinthians 1:18-19                                                                                                                                                     18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 

Isaiah 29:13-16                                                                                                                                                                 13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. 14 Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.” 15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” 16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Last week we talked about a CrossWalk and what it is and some of the dangers of not crossing at the CrossWalk. We even used the phrase “Christian Jaywalking” was used. Did you understand that? What does that mean to you?

Stop for a minute and think about some examples of “Christian Jaywalking”.

Has there been a time when you wanted to cross the street to get to a store (or some other place you wanted to go) and your parents said you couldn’t “because it wasn’t at the CrossWalk? Did it seem a waste of time to go “all the way” to the CrossWalk…just to cross over and then have to walk “all the way” back toward your destination?

Look back at one of the verses we’re using for this series.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19                                                                                                                                                    18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 

Think about some things you’ve done in the past (or recently) that you knew were foolish…and then some things you’ve done that you thought were wise but others (like parents and authority figures) helped you see were actually FOOLISH!

The New American Standard translation:

1 Corinthians 1:18-19   [ The Wisdom of God ] For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

So, what does that mean to you…“the message of the cross…”? What is the “message of the cross”?

John 3:16-21                                                                                                                                                                       16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.

Sounds a lot like Jesus being a “bridge” or a “CrossWalk” to get to Father God! Verse 19 talks about people loving “darkness more than the light”.

What is the light John is talking about here? Jesus!

Now, listen to what Jesus himself tells the disciples just after healing a man who had been blind since birth (and he did it by making a “spit/mud” pie).

John 9:4-5                                                                                                                                                                          4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

What are most kids afraid of when they’re younger; light or dark?

Why? Think about that…think about when you were younger (or maybe even now)…

If Jesus refers to darkness as something we should not love; and that we should love light (JESUS) more than darkness; why do we resist getting closer to the light and allow Him (JESUS) to shine His loving light on our lives?

We need to ask the question; “Do we know Jesus?”

There will be times when all have doubts and questions. We’re not talking about that. Listen to Thomas (one of the disciples)

Even he doubted…

John 14:5-6                                                                                                                                                                        5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Now look at John 14 verse 7.

John 14:7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

So…apparently “really knowing Jesus”, is not JUST a problem we face here in the 21st century.

Let’s pray that we all come to know the real Jesus and that knowing Him will radically, dramatically, change EVERYTHING about our lives.

Hey…why don’t you stop for a second (or 60) and make that a prayer..committing your life to do just that?

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