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RESPONDING TO THE CROSS



"If they did it in church, that's fine. Downtown's not the place for that."


Such were the comments offered by area residents as they passed Patrick Conaty, a hair-stylist in Leeds, Alabama as he hung on a cross. Conaty splattered fake blood on his body and climbed onto a 14-foot cross to demonstrate what Jesus has done for us as sinners. Conaty called it "Salvation Awareness Day."


As we come to participate in The Lord’s Supper, it can also be called a "Salvation Awareness" time. It’s here we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross so we can receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.


Some will accept the cross of Christ, but some will respond harshly as they did to Mr. Conaty and even to Jesus himself. "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." (I Corinthians 1:18)


"It was the sickest thing I’ve ever seen."

"It was sacrilegious."

"I think he needs some clothes on."

"It’s terrifying. People need to realize what effect it’ll have on small kids."


As we come to communion today, how will you respond to Jesus?


SOURCE: SermonCentral Staff. Citation: "Leeds police order man off cross" by Greg Garrison, news staff writer for al.com. Tuesday, August 10, 2004.



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