The Way Across
Max Lucado, in his book, Six Hours One Friday, tells the story of a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote part of the jungle who lived near a large river. The tribe was in need of medical attention because of a contagious disease which was spreading across the village. The result was that people were dying daily.
A hospital was not too terribly far away – across the river, but the Indians would not cross it because they believed the river was inhabited by evil spirits. And to enter its water would mean certain death.
The missionary explained how he had crossed the river and was unharmed. But they were not impressed. He then took them to the bank and placed his hand in the water. They still wouldn’t go in. So he walked into the water up to his waist and splashed water on his face. It didn’t matter. They were still afraid to enter the river. Finally, he dove into the river, swam beneath the surface until he emerged on the other side. He raised a triumphant fist into the air. He had entered the water and escaped. It was then that the Indians broke into a cheer and followed him across.
Jesus has entered into death through the cross and emerged from the grave. He has shown us the way to the other side. It is through faith in Him! We follow Jesus by the way of the cross to get across. Jesus is our Savior! Today we rejoice in our Lord and Redeemer! And all God’s people said…
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