“At the CrossRoad”
I encountered a man on the Road of Life
so sure of himself - so convinced he was right.
He had (his) religion, but he didn’t know God,
and though he had eyes, I thought this rather odd:
He only could see what he wanted to see.
So, blind to the truth that could set his soul free
the man charged ahead - unaware he was lost,
until he encountered a man on a cross
at a fork in the road
where the path became two
and the man who’d always been sure of himself had to choose.
Between broad and narrow, between left and right,
Between things he could see, and things still out of sight.
And I’m sure that the man would have gone the wrong way,
Had he not encountered the Savior that day.
But love rescued him! Truth set him free!
Grace opened his eyes - he could finally see.....
that the man on the cross makes the difference.
Now listen, as this once-proud skeptic proclaims:
“For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)
Matt 7:13-14 (TLB)
13 "Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way.
14 But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.
We’re all on a road. We were born to travel it. It is The Road of Life. There are many stops along the way. Some good, some bad. And at different places along the journey we all come to “CrossRoads.” Intersections marked by the sign of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Places of eternal decision. At the “CrossRoad” the path divides - and we have a choice to stay on the broad road of destruction we’ve been traveling, or exit onto the narrow road that leads to life.
The direction we choose at the “CrossRoad” not only has ramifications for the rest of our journey, but even more importantly, it determines our final destination.
Which road are you on? If you’re here tonight, listening to the sound of my voice, than this is another “CrossRoad” moment in your life. What are you going to do? Which path are you going to choose? Are you on that narrow road that leads to life? Do you know that your final destination is secure? Or have you ignored God’s signs along the road of your life? Are you careening out-of-control down the road that leads to destruction? Are you living recklessly hoping everything’s going to turn out right at the end?
“...broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
If that’s you, if that’s the road you’re on tonight, then pay close attention. Jesus has set up a temporary road block. He’s sent up a flare and he’s trying to get your attention. He’s pointing - the Cross is pointing you in the right direction. Don’t miss this moment. Don’t drive by the Cross in the middle of the road.
I believe God loves us all so much that there are literally countless moments when He tries to reach us during the course of our lifetimes. I can’t even begin to venture a guess at how often He tries, but I do know that God is committed to reaching us with the Good News that there is a Savior. That our sins, which are many, have be forgiven because His son died on the Cross to take their guilt for us. (tract, sermon, friend, stranger, tv/radio broadcast, a co-worker, a trip to VBS as a child) He’s passionate about it. (John 3:16, “He’s unwilling that any should perish.”) So, although I can’t begin to tell you how many times it happens, God pursues us during the course of our lifetimes over and over again. But it’s what we do when we come to the knowledge of the cross that matters.
THERE ARE 2 WAYS YOU COME TO THE “CROSSROAD.”
I. YOU WENT LOOKING FOR IT.
I believe there is a God-given curiosity within man that puts him on a search for a higher power during the course of his lifetime. You can interview millions of people from all over the world, and you will get several versions of the meaning of life and what the true mode/brand of religion is - but although those things may differ greatly, the majority of those you talk to will believe there is more to this life than the hear-and-now. They may not know the God of the Bible, but they have a belief in a higher power who reigns supreme and they understand that there must be something more to life than just living and dying. It just makes sense. There was an emptiness. The “God hole.”