Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
Is Jesus Christ a man, or is he God? Answer
If Jesus is God, how could he die? If Jesus died on the cross, then how can he be alive today? Answer
|Producer:||Gener8Xion Entertainment, Stephan Blinn, Richard J. Cook, Laurie Crouch, Matthew Crouch, Jack Hunter|
“How do you live a life of purpose and destiny? One step at a time.”
See: our Christian Film News article.
In what has been termed “The Great Commission” in the book of Matthew, Jesus instructed his disciples to “Go” and share His gospel message with the world. For centuries, Christians have debated the best and most efficient ways to respond to that mandate—whether through preaching behind a pulpit or through electronic means such as television, radio, or the Internet. One ordinary man, Arthur Blessit, took Jesus’ instruction at face value and decided to “take up his cross” (Matt. 16:24) and carry the good news of Christ Jesus to the entire world; literally, he carried a 12-feet cross to every single nation around the world. “The Cross” chronicles Arthur’s forty-year journey, a quest of sorts, to see to it that every nation had the opportunity to hear the story of God’s love.
Having walked several billion steps over the decades, Arthur’s travels took him along the highways and byways of industrialized nations into the hinterlands of underdeveloped countries. Along the way, he spoke to the rich and poor, was jailed for his beliefs, and shared his faith with thousands of unbelieving people. He introduced Christ to the strongholds of many Muslim nations, areas of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other faith traditions—without fear, and in many cases, without barrier or deterrent. He has earned the Guinness World Record for longest walk, but for Blessit, the importance of sharing Christ far outweighs any personal recognition. To hear him, in his own words, tearfully share about his own transformation as he greeted people from around the globe is nothing short of inspirational.
Blessit narrates his own travels through war-torn areas in Iraq, Nicaragua, the Sudan, and other areas, himself staring down the barrels of gun-wielding soldiers. He tells the amazing tales of having no fear in the face of such dangers, even to the point of offering Bibles to soldiers who wanted to kill him. “The Cross” is the story of true faith; it is the story of one man’s commitment to his purpose—a man willing to have the courage of his own convictions—and the sovereignty of God.
This documentary film is well made and is easily accessible for teenage and adult audiences. It could well become standard training materials for congregations who focus on missions’ work, on the importance of spiritual gifts, or on creating a church full of active participants instead of spectators. Well done! A must see for anyone trying to figure out their own calling and purpose in the kingdom of God. Its message is central to the Christian belief—it’s all about the cross!
Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
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