by Tammy Phillips
October 19, 2021
Dutch Sheets delivered a powerful message at Riverside Church on October 10, 2021. I have listened to it several times. He shared how Abram was called the Hebrew in Genesis 14:13. Hebrew means to pass over, or by, or through; cross; cross over; march over, go over; go to the opposite side. Abram means Father. Abram the Hebrew was the father of the Crossover. He was later name Abraham which means the Father of a multitude. He was the father of faith. We follow Him in faith in God and in the crossover. However, it was, and always is the LORD who makes the way to crossover.
“This is what the LORD says–he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,” (Isaiah 43:16 NIV)
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)
In the above verses we see the LORD made a way through the sea, a way in the wilderness, a way through the rivers and a way through the fire. He makes the way through this crazy life.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
The Lord made a way …
…for Abraham to leave his home and move to the land the Lord promised even though he had to go through Egypt to get there. (Genesis 12-13)
…for Moses and all of Israel to escape from slavery in Egypt and crossover the Red Sea to freedom. (Exodus 14)
…in the dessert for Joshua and Israel to cross over the Jordan River to the promised land. (Joshua 3,specifically, 3:16)
…for Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, also known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego to make it through the fire. (Daniel 3 19:25)
…for the disciples to crossover the Sea of Galilee. (Luke 8:22-27)
…for us to escape the penalty of sin and crossover to freedom in Him.(Acts 2:38)
…for us to be delivered from the grips of death and to live eternally with him. (John 3:16-17)
…for us to escape the desert and step into our promised land…
Jesus is the way. He provided the way for us to be born again into His kingdom. He made the way by His death on the cross for us to escape death. He made a way on the cross for us crossover from wilderness living to the promised land. He made us joint heirs.
Do you see the picture of how the cross made the way to cross over? The Cross is the only way to cross over. The cross is literally in the word cross over. The Lord bridged the gap through the Red Sea, over the Jordan River, through the fire, over the Sea of Galilee and most importantly the chasm between man and God. Jesus is the Way.
I enCOURAGE you to crossover. Follow Father Abraham in the faith. Follow Jesus. Leave your past behind and all its baggage. Allow the cross of Jesus to move you from the desert wilderness to the land He promised and paid for. The Lord made the way to crossover. He is the only way to crossover.
The cross of Jesus is without size. It cover any and all sin. The cross of Jesus is without size. It crosses over the smallest pebble or the largest ocean. It crosses over any obstacle of any size and will always lead to the other side if followed. Jesus is the way over, around and through!