Three Wooden Crosses
The Cross of Jesus symbolizes His atoning death. Our Saviour died for my sins and for the sins of the world. Colossians 1:14 - “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
When I see the Cross, it reminds me of the sacrifice that was made for me. Read the story
The Cross of Jesus is a story of redemption. The symbol of the Cross is a powerful reminder of the price Jesus paid; and whether we wear it, display it, or simply think about it, the Cross should draw us nearer to The One who hung on it.
Today’s song, 'Three Wooden Crosses' is also a story of redemption and salvation. The soothing tone of Randy Travis’ voice, along with the deep and meaningful lyrics, tell a beautiful story.
A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher, Ridin' on a midnight bus bound for Mexico. One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls. That driver never ever saw the stop sign. An' eighteen wheelers can't stop on a dime. There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway, Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows. I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It's what you leave behind you when you go. That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres, The faith an' love for growin' things in his young son's heart. An' that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children: Did her best to give 'em all a better start. An' that preacher whispered: "Can't you see the Promised Land?" As he laid his blood-stained Bible in that hooker's hand. That's the story that our preacher told last Sunday. As he held that blood-stained Bible up for all of us to see. He said: "Bless the farmer, and the teacher, an' the preacher who gave this Bible to my Mama, who read it to me." There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway, Why there's not four of them, now I guess we know. It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It's what you leave behind you when you go.
In case you missed it, the fourth cross could have been the “hooker’s” but she survived and was saved by the blood of Jesus through the preacher’s dying words and the Bible he handed her. She went on to raise a son who would continue in the Lord’s work.
They don’t write many songs like this any more, folks!
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