Journey to the Cross by Pastor Michael Halfhill
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life —” (1 John 1:1)
Have you wondered what it would have been like to wander the streets of Jerusalem during Jesus’ last week on earth? Hearing the sounds of the crowd shouting “Hosanna” on Sunday only to later hear cries of “Crucify Him!” on Friday. Straining through the crowd to try and get a glimpse of Jesus. Trying to listen to Him teach while in the temple. What an amazing week that would have been to live!
This coming Easter weekend on April 15 from 2 - 4 pm, Piedmont Park is going to help people experience what it might have been like to walk the streets of Jerusalem during Passion Week. Journey to the Cross is our church’s newest outreach endeavor to help people be confronted with the agony of the cross, the glory of the empty tomb and God’s love to save sinful humans.
Tour guides will take groups through a series of scenes as they search for Jesus. Groups will listen to live actors from Bible times. The tour groups will search from the Upper Room to Gethsemane to find the Messiah. But will they find Him in time? The amazing part of this ministry and this journey is where the story ends.
John begins his First Epistle with this thought. “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”
John knew that true joy comes from experiencing God’s power through the risen Savior Jesus Christ. Journey to the Cross plans to help people experience what it might have been like to hear the angel say those amazing words, “He is not here. He is risen.”