Neosho Good Friday Cross Walk

Published 04/18 2014 06:53PM

Updated 04/18 2014 08:04PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- Church members carried crosses down Neosho Boulevard today to recognize Good Friday. They wanted to remind drivers what Jesus did 2,000 years ago. Members of area churches in Neosho took turns carrying the three crosses today, in hopes of sharing a message. 

"It's basically taking the stuff from the Holy Land, taking the steps that Jesus took on Good Friday, and doing it on a local level," said Father Hank Grodecki, Cross Walker. 

Church members from the Neosho area took part in the annual Good Friday Cross Walk. 

"It represents that new life that God calls us to. So in that simple act of carrying, you know a pole and a beam, that you proclaim a message that is much bigger than even life itself," said James Keezer, Neosho Nazarene Church Pastor. 

The message was often welcome with some drivers waving and honking, while others made inappropriate gestures. Overall, the walkers say their project is well received. 

"You can see that people are aware and not only aware, but sort of pleased that we are some how honoring the Lord that day," said Father Grodecki. 

A meaning that's both personal, and shared with the community.

"You know, Jesus either was and is the Son of God, or he wasn't. And there really isn't a middle ground there, and the cross kind of establishes that," said Keezer.

The group of roughly 50 cross walkers stopped nine different times to read scriptures in both English and Spanish. The Cross Walk has been a tradition in Neosho for about 12 years.

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