Long Island man totes cross on N.Y. highways to declare the world's need for Christ

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 5 2012 3:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: New Yorker Robert Wood is a man on a mission. Wood, who once worked on the streets as a prostitute, found a relationship with Christ that radically changed his life 22 years ago and has been walking highways carrying a giant cross ever since. His mission is to draw attention to Jesus and to be a reminder of the world's need for Christ. Currently, he is on a five-year trek across the state of New York.

On Thursday, The Blazes Mike Opelka was certain he saw an individual who looked like Jesus Christ holding a cross and walking down a Long Island, New York, highway. Now, normally, people would hear such a statement and silently worry about the individuals sanity who uttered it. But, alas, Opelka was correct in that a man was, indeed, walking around in ancient-looking garb and with a giant cross in hand but why?

Robert Wood the man Opelka saw strolling gingerly along the road is on a mission to show the world that every man, woman and child needs Jesus Christ. So, the 55-year-old takes to various localities (most recently, the Montauk Highway) dressed in robes, scarves and the like, and with a cross strapped to his outfit, to draw attention to the God he so intensely embraces. His overall goal is to convince Americans that its time to turn back to the Lord.

Im a blood-washed, Holy Ghost-filled, tongues-talking, Bible-walking child of God, he told 27East.com. Im drawing attention to Jesus because everyone needs him.

Read more about Wood's journey across New York on The Blaze.

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