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Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014

Cleric tasks Nigerians on Easter Sunday

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Rev. Fr. Jude Nwigwe, a Catholic Priest, on Sunday admonished Christians not to go back to sinful lives, having been raised with Jesus Christ.

Nwigwe gave the advice in his sermon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Gwarinpa Abuja.

The priest, who spoke at the Easter Mass, urged Christians to maintain holiness which they worked for during the Lenten season (Fasting period).

He said Christians should focus on serving and pleasing Jesus Christ, since they had been committed to him through His death. “Fasting is over, celebrate with happiness but do not go back to your sinful ways. “If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God”, he said.

According to him, Easter is the greatest celebration in Christendom, which offers Christians lessons of hope and possibility.

Nwigwe said there was no situation that allowed Christians to be in the grave forever, adding that every problem has an expiring date.

He said, “The angels rolled away stones from the tomb; it may be a stone of sorrow, pains and sickness that have been making you lose hope. “There is hope for you today by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; your ‘grave experience’ will not be forever.

“Believe in the resurrection power because there is nothing God cannot do; with God all difficulties are conquered.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Easter or Resurrection Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Speaking on Sunday in Lokoja, Rev. Segun Orelaja, said Easter is a time to always reflect on the death of Jesus Christ and live in accordance with the rules of God Almighty.

Another clergyman, Pastor James Elemona, noted that the death of Christ signified the repentance of sins, adding that it is a time to pray fervently for the forgiveness of sins.

A resident of Lokoja, Mr. Cornelius John, called on Christians to build their faith in God and use Easter period to draw closer to Him.

In Benin, Apostle Mathew Omorodion, the General Overseer of Deliverance Healing Miracle Church of God, called on Nigerians to shun any form of violence capable of disintegrating the country.

Omorodion made the call at the Sunday service to mark the Easter celebration. He condemned the killing of innocent citizens, saying that the country would continue to remain united in spite of the travails.

He said, “The shedding of innocent blood and the cries of Nigerians has reached the ears of God, who asked me to tell the perpetrators of these acts to be careful and repent from their evil ways.

“God is warning these evil sects to jettison their plans to block roads and shed more blood in this country or face destruction by earthquake. God is also warning all Nigerians to desist from acts that are capable of leading to war that would claim many lives and make them flee their homes.”

According to the cleric, the Lord is the owner of the world and it is no use killing one another.

He said that there is nothing too difficult for God to do, adding that Nigerians should humble themselves and seek the face of God to avert the looming danger.(NAN)

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