On Good Friday Embrace Simply Jesus Church left what has become our former church home and carried the Cross that has hung in our sanctuary for over 50 years the 11.6 miles to our new home in Oxnard. We called the event The Crossing.
It was the most profound experience I have ever had in my walk with Christ. As a Church, it meant final closure to all that has happened in our past. It meant forgiveness and hopefully being forgiven by those we had not seen eye to eye with in the City of Ventura and in our neighborhood. It was a time to pray for the community and city of Ventura and love on this beautiful city. As we passed by the government center we prayed for those elected officials who serve us all. And, at the edge of town, we prayed for our new beginnings. As we entered our new home, the city of Oxnard, I was overwhelmed with Jesus words found in Revelation 21:5 “…behold I make all things new!”
As we carried the cross out of our old church building I immediately wondered of the two thieves hung with Jesus on that Good Friday. Which was I? I know sometimes I am the thief who asked Jesus to remember him when He enters paradise. However, I was convicted that I am still able to sin and that apart from Christ I can do nothing worth doing. That I must never forget the cross and all it means to who I am today. I had a keen sense and deeper understanding that every day I find myself up on the cross with Jesus and it is there I make the decision to die to self and live for Him. Yes, every day I must decide if I will pick up my cross and follow Him.