The Cross...January 20, 2012
I’ve been to my fair share of Convocations after being at Liberty for a year and a half, but I have to say that today’s was the most impactful I have ever been to. Last semester we had some of the best speakers in convo and I didn’t think anyone could top some of them, but today I was blown away by Joe White’s message (see video below). Joe White is the president of Kanakuk Kamps and he travels all over the country sharing about Jesus and what he did on the cross for us. He has spoken to many different NFL football teams and has seen hundreds of athletes come to know Christ.
Today convo was a little strange because there were no instruments on stage during worship, only 2 guitars. The only thing we could see was a big piece of wood on the stage, I had no idea what was in store for us during convo today. Joe started off by introducing himself and then telling us that we were going to need to use our imagination today. He then showed us a short video and when it was over, we saw him carrying a piece of wood that must have been around 15 ft long. He then brought it up on stage and began to talk as if he were the man who built the cross that Jesus would have been crucified on. He chopped away at it, nailed the two pieces of wood together, with sweat dripping down his face and panting from exhaustion.
As if building this massive cross wasn’t enough, he then went on to pick up this cross and hold it while he talked about how much Jesus gave us when He died on the cross. He talked about how Jesus is our daddy and he wants us as his sons and daughters. He shared about the difference in being “saved” and being a bondservant to Christ. When we are bound to Christ, it changes how we live our lives. We can nail all of our sins to the cross that Jesus paid our penalty for, and go live in freedom.
At the end of Convocation, he invited anyone who needed to be rid of a sin or commit their life to Christ to come down. He then threw chains all over the floor for us to take as a reminder that we are bound to Christ. We are free from sin and are no longer bound to it. Even at a Christian school we have students who are broken and sinful and the Holy Spirit definitely moved among our student body today.