On Saturday, thousands of people participated in a “March for Our Lives” in cities across the country to bring attention to the problem of gun violence in our nation.
Palm Sunday night, thousands of members of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas publicly declared a message of hope for the world, putting feet to their faith by marching through the streets of downtown Dallas in a “March for Eternal Life.”
As a soft jazz band played, church members carried a large illuminated cross to symbolize their belief in Jesus Christ and that his message offers the only hope for the nation and the world. The cross was raised up high at a local park.
When the parishioners had assembled at the park, Gospel singer Sandi Patti led the crowd in singing the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, took to the stage to explain the point of the “March for Eternal Life.”
“We’re here to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said. “We believe that God loves us, he doesn’t hate us…he loves us. And he wants to offer us the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal life. A relationship with God that can begin now and extend forever and ever after death.”
Jeffress briefly summed up the New Testament story of Nicodemus, the Pharisee, who came to see Jesus as recorded in John 3: 1 – 21.
Jesus told Nicodemus, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” And Nicodemus asked, “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“What are you trusting in to get you into heaven?” Jeffress asked. “If you’re trusting in religion, or you’re trusting in good works, or you’re trusting in baptism or anything else, you’re going to be disappointed.”
“There’s only one way to heaven…to eternal life. And that’s trusting in Jesus,” he said.