“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”
When driving down the interstate, have you ever noticed the clusters of three crosses sporadically placed on the hillsides, and lit up for all to see in the darkness of the night? I’ve always loved seeing them. Often when I’m driving habitually lost in thought, my focus shifts to the three wooden crosses, a white one on either side of a yellow one in the middle. The reminder always shifts my focus back to Calvary, and what my Saviour did for me as well as the rest of the world.
The story behind the existence of these roadside crosses is touching. A man named Bernard Coffindaffer of Craigsville, WV had a vision for the project. He began contacting landowners, and planted the first set in September 1984. His goal was to place this reminder of what Christ has done for us on the Cross of Calvary about every 50 miles on the highways of America. At one point, they crossed 29 states, and were over 2,000 in number.
After Coffindaffer died in October of 1993, the project began to decline and the crosses were not maintained. The Lord then burdened the heart of a lady in Mississippi named Sara Abraham to continue Coffindaffer’s ministry and vision. Crosses Across America, Inc. was formed in 1999, and currently repairs and maintains the clusters of crosses across the country. Thankfully, I’m blessed to live in a part of America that has several of these silent but effective witnesses on our main highways.
What do the three crosses mean to you? They can be a peaceful reminder of the victory Christ won to set us free. They can remind us that He died for everyone, with no respecter of persons to all who come to Him. They can also remind us of our great responsibility to continue to spread the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Think of the thousands or millions that pass a cluster of three crosses everyday. Do they realize what they truly mean?
It’s our job to tell them.
Exodus 36-37 | Matthew 23 | Psalm 13
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