The greatest privilege you will ever have is to be a link in the chain of events that leads another person to the Cross of Jesus Christ. God has privileged us with the joy and responsibility of sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are plan A- And there is no plan B…
The third goal of The Easter Cross Witness is that by placing a cross in your front yard this silent witness will lead to an opportunity for a verbal witness.
We have been given the unbelievable privilege of being Ambassadors for Jesus Christ. And a part of this privilege is we have been given a ministry of reconciliation. Listen to the Apostle Paul from his letter to the Corinthian Church (2 Cor. 5:17-20)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
It is our privilege to point our neighbors to reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ.
The Easter Cross Witness was not created to be a silent witness, but a living witness that is backed by prayer so the cross becomes a catalyst for a verbal witness and testimony. As hundreds or thousands of crosses go up in a community, this creates opportunity to share the gospel, be Christ’s ambassadors and be involved in the ministry of reconciliation that we have been charged with. What a privilege.
Jesus has given us specific instructions about priorities for extending this ministry of reconciliation. He said first to go to Jerusalem, then Judea and then to the utter most parts of the earth. Many of us have neglected our Jerusalem (local witness) and are busy running around the globe going on mission trips. International mission trips are always eye-opening experiences. But you need not jump on an airplane to share the gospel. Try going next door… I have a sneaky suspicion that when I stand before my Lord he will not ask me about Romania, Haiti, Central America, South Africa, Japan and other nations that I have gone to on mission trips. But I do think he will ask me about the neighbors that live on the street where I live. The Easter Cross Witness was created to help all of us testify with our neighbors about the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A mature brother in Christ shared something with me last year that has stuck with me, and sent a dagger or truth directly into my heart. He said,
“How much do you have to hate somebody not to share with them the gospel?”