WHY THE CROSS?
Originally, the purpose for carrying the cross in the ministry the Lord has called me to was to serve as a visual form of evangelism. When a person sees a cross, their mind automatically associates the cross with Christianity, and the Founder of the Christian Faith, Jesus Christ.
As a Born Again child of God, my desire is to see others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am firmly convinced that there is no other way to enter into the Kingdom of God, except through that saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Some people may disagree with me on this point, and seek to enter into a philosophical discussion, but what I am saying has nothing to do with philosophy; which I believe other religions are the product of.
No other religious leader lived a sinless life, and shed his or her blood so that mankind could be saved from the flames of Hell. Only Jesus Christ did that.
And no other religious leader can change a person’s life just by calling on his name.
The sight of the cross has served as a reminder to many of Jesus Christ’s unselfish sacrifice on our behalf.
Another purpose for carrying the cross is to serve as a reminder to Christians of Jesus’ words, when He said in Matt. 16:24, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
What did Jesus mean when He said that? Christians are praying for a “revival” to sweep over this land, but we have confused the term “revival” with a couple of meetings that result in making us feel good about ourselves and our walk with the Lord.
While I carry this cross, I am also praying for a revival to sweep over this land, but I believe my understanding of a revival is quite different than most Christian’s perceptions. When you revive someone, you bring them out of an unconscious state into a conscious state.
Christians in America have been lulled to sleep and have been complacent and apathetic concerning their walk and the state of our Nation for far too long.
Jesus Christ called us to be the Light of the World. If the Light shines, darkness cannot prevail. But Christians in America have been so self-centered concerning their own well being, and seeking after their own worldly comfort, that they have forgotten to let their light shine.
As a result, an epidemic of drugs, sexually contracted diseases, gang violence, and every type of crime is sweeping across our land, because there is no standard of Hope being presented to our country. If we hope to see our nation healed of this epidemic, Christians will have to get out of their comfort zones, and be willing to let the Light of Christ shine through them. The world needs to see the transforming presence of Christ in our lives.
Countless Christians who have truly been Born Again have a testimony they can share of how Jesus Christ had transformed their lives from living in the darkness of sin to dwelling in His Light. Every truly Born Again Christian can attest to the Truth of the Bible which says: 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Fear of rejection or mockery silences the Christian’s testimony. Jesus said we need to die to ourselves, and not worry about that. People are in danger of Hell, and they need to be told of Christ’s Love.
True revival will come when we humble ourselves enough to let the Light of Jesus shine in our lives before men. Souls will be saved, and lives will be changed, and our nation will be healed, when we pick up our cross daily for Jesus.
WHY THE ROBE?
Many people ask me why I wear a white robe as I carry the cross.
Contrary to what many may think, it is NOT so I can act like Jesus. If that was the case, my robe would not be white…it would be covered with blood…similar to the precious Blood my Savior shed for me and everyone else in this world.
The White Robe is a reminder to all who care to know that it is His Blood and His Blood alone that cleanses us from all our sin. It is a reminder that those who profess to be Christians have been bought with a Price (1 Cor 6:20; 7:23). That Price was a selfless act of Love by One Who lived a sinless life and Who took our sins upon Himself to redeem a self centered people from the penalty of Hell as a consequence of their sin-filled life.
It is a reminder to Christians that since we have been bought with a Price, we are to live our lives as a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to live our lives daily seeking to glorify God in all we say and do.
Jesus tells a parable of ten virgins who were waiting for their Bridegroom (Matt. 25:1). Five were wise, and five were foolish. The five wise ones prepared themselves to be ready for their Bridegroom. The foolish ones did not. When the Bridegroom came, the wise ones entered into His chambers. The foolish ones were not ready for His coming.
In Revelation 19:8, we see that those who had made themselves ready for the marriage of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) will be clothed in fine linen, clean and white, which is the righteousness of the saints. We are called to be ready.
The White Robe is a call to my Christian brothers and sisters to prepare themselves for His Coming.
Are you living your life striving to glorify Jesus in everything you do? Do others see the Righteousness of Christ in your life? If not, you need to prepare yourself for His coming.
In Revelation 3, the Lord speaks to the angel (messenger) of the church in Sardis. He tells him that he has a reputation that he lives, yet the Lord knows that spiritually, he is dead. The Lord counsels him to repent, to prepare himself (be watchful), and to strengthen the things that remain in his relationship to God. His service to God is seriously lacking, but at the same time, He is told there are some in the church who have not defiled their garments. They have been in a state of preparedness for their Lord. The Lord says these are worthy. He says that everyone who OVERCOMES, WILL BE CLOTHED IN WHITE RAIMENT, and He will not blot their names out of the book of Life.
In Matt 10:32-33, Jesus said if we confess Him before men, He will confess us before the Father. If we deny Him before men, He will also deny us before His Father. The messenger to the church in Sardis is told that if he overcomes, Jesus will confess him before the Father and His angels. There are many who profess Him with their mouths, but in their works they deny Him.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Christian; the God Who created us wants a sincere relationship with us. He wants more than just a religious acknowledgement of His existence. Are you seeking to glorify Him in your life? Do others see the Love of Jesus Christ and your love for Jesus Christ reflected in your life?
If not, you need to acknowledge your need of repentance, and prepare your heart for your Bridegroom. It will be a serious Day when we stand before the Lord.
Will you be clothed in White?
Are you prepared?
God wants you to succeed.
All you have to do is draw near to Him with a sincere heart, and He will take care of the rest.
Finally, the White Robe is a call to those who are not yet Christians to surrender their lives to Jesus, so they, too, can be clothed in White at His coming. Those who are not clothed, and who think they can make it some other way than through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ are sorely mistaken (Matt 22:11-12, John 14:6).
Time is shorter than you might think.
Heb 9:27; 2 Pet 3:9; Rom 10:9,10; Mark 8:36
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD OF ALL!
AND HE IS COMING BACK SOON!
2 Chr 7:14 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (KJV)