Crosswalk-3

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

For the last few weeks, we’ve talked about what a CrossWalk is, the dangers of NOT using a CrossWalk and how Jesus is “THE ONLY” Cross or Bridge that we have to get to Father God.

So…the question this week is…why don’t we know Jesus?

Ever seen the game Frogger?

Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin. The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way. The game is regarded as a classic from the golden age of video arcade games and was noted for its novel gameplay and theme.

In 1981, I was starting my 2nd semester at ICC…and I thought Frogger was AWESOME…and it was. But the entire game is based around a Frog trying to cross a busy street…without using a crosswalk. And the further you got, the faster the cars started coming, and the number of cars increased! Until, pretty soon, your Frog either made it across the street…or you died!

We just watched part of the episode of the popular 80’s-90’s TV show Seinfeld where George was trying to get an old Frogger video game console across a busy NYC street.

Last week we talked about if we live like the CrossWalk is foolish (the Amplified uses the word “sheer absurdity”)…then we may not really know the person of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:18 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.

In the game of Frogger, it’s sheer absurdity to think that a Frog can safely cross a busy street full of traffic…not waiting on traffic lights, not using a CrossWalk. Now that’s “sheer absurdity”! Talking about Frogger made us think of the old “Why did the chicken cross the road” jokes. According to research performed and recorded by Goblerz.com, here are some other “absurd” items.

1. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side

2. Why did the rooster cross the road? To cockadoodle dooo something

3. Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? He heard the referee calling fowls

4. Why did the turkey cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken

5. Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again? Because he was a dirty double-crosser

6. Why didn’t the chicken skeleton cross the road? Because he didn’t have enough guts

7. Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens hadn’t evolved yet.

9. Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station.

10. Why did the horse cross the road? Because the chicken needed a day off.

Let’s look at a definition of…

Absurd: utterly or obviously senseless; contrary to all reason or common sense.

Remember the phrase, “Christian Jaywalking”? When you an I try to get to the blessings, favor, mercy and forgiveness of God without going through Jesus…that’s Jaywalking….and that’s absurd! When all we have to do is come to the Son-Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we act as if we know better how to run our life than the One who gave life to us!

Isaiah 29:14-16 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”?

We looked at that scripture last week from the Old Testament. But look at what Paul wrote to a church in the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.

Proverbs also has a lot to say about what is foolish in God’s eyes.

Proverbs 12:14-15                                                                                                                                                                                14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. 15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Are you listening to other? Your parents? Teachers?

Proverbs 21:1-3 (GW) 1 The king’s heart is like streams of water. Both are under the Lord’s control. He turns them in any direction he chooses. 2 A person thinks everything he does is right, but the Lord weighs hearts. 3 Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the Lord than offering a sacrifice.

We may think that talking a short cut is no big deal. But, unless God is directing your life…taking a short cut IS A BIG DEAL!

The love of God NEVER ENDS toward you! If you look back at the Children of Israel, they took 40 years to travel what some scholars say should have taken them less than 4 years…with all the children, animals and belongings they carried.

It may seem like it’s taking forever for you to reach some of the things you want in life…you’re told that you’re “not old enough”, or “when I was your age, I didn’t have _______”. But whatever the reason, and wherever you are in life….it’s time to stop and see where you’re trying to Cross (are you trying to go around God to get what you want) and what is so appealing to you that you’re willing to Cross against what God wants for your life.

Just like the YIELD sign at the altar of our youth ministry, it’s time for you to YIELD your life to Jesus…The CrossWalk to God’s plan for you!

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