By Michael Hernandez
OXNARD—“Because of The Cross…We have complete forgiveness…We have complete victory,” said New Life Pastor Steve Abraham during Palm Sunday livestream services in which viewers were encouraged to take communion while watching. Pastor Abraham’s text was taken from Colossians 2:13-15.
“It took 25,000 workers almost 10 years to build the Panama Canal that allows ships to go from the West Coast to the East Coast. This canal saves millions of dollars and 8,000 miles and allows access from West Coast to East Coast. Some 2,000 years ago the Father sent Jesus to earth to give us access to the Father.
Because of The Cross:
- We have complete forgiveness.
“Jesus died to offer eternal life. You and I have complete forgiveness. If you are a Christian, you are seated with Christ in heavenly places. If you are a believer, Jesus has transported you to Heaven (spiritually) and are next to Jesus. This is because of the death of Jesus. He has forgiven us of all our sins.
“’For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12).’ Stop beating, rehearsing, regurgitating your sins,” said Pastor Steve. King David says: “Lord you are so good so ready to forgive” (Psalm 86.5).
“I remember when I bought Tami (wife) her wedding ring. My heart was pumping. I was willing and ready to present her this ring. God is willing and ready to forgive us of any sins we have committed. The Father is ready to forgive. He is willing to accept you because of the Cross. We have complete forgiveness.”
- We have complete victory.
“I am very competitive. I like to win all the time. Most people admit the same thing. At the Cross, Jesus has complete victory. We overcome because of Christ (1 John 4:4). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
“We have victory in Jesus Christ. We have victory over discouragement. We have victory over disease…over the influences of hell…over poverty. Jesus Christ has given us the victory.
“When we try to get fit, 20 percent is about working out, 80 percent is what I eat. What this means to us, is that we must feed on His book (the word of God) and pray in the Spirit.
“Jesus Christ died in our place so you can have a relationship with the Father. In Jesus we have real joy, new life, salvation, a purpose for living. Because of The Cross we have complete forgiveness. We have complete victory. Take your condemnation, guilt, shame and nail it to the Cross. Jesus forgives you and provides victory.”
New Life Oxnard will be distributing “Easter at Home” kits for families at the church on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. located on 1251 N. Rice Avenue. All life groups continue to meet online. New Life Oxnard has a covid-19 fund for helping families. For more information contact: (805) 983-1890 or visit the website at: newlifeoxnard.com.
(Editor’s Note: New Life Oxnard hosts three livestream worship services each Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. Today’s 9 a.m. livestream service had 832 watching. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/newlifeoxnard/live.)
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].