Clerics urge sacrifice, love as Christians celebrate Good Friday, Easter
Lagos, April 10, 2020 (NAN) Some clerics in Lagos on Friday urged Christians to make sacrifices, show love and be prepared to place the country above personal interests as they celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigerians (NAN), Pastor Daniel Ajayi of the Redeemed Christian Church of God urged Christians to imbibe the culture of sacrifice as demonstrated by Jesus Christ on Good Friday.
“As Christians, we must be prepared to make sacrifices for the growth of the nation; Christ laid down His life on the Cross for us,” he said.
According to him, obeying government directives to contain the spread of coronavirus confronting the world is part of the sacrifices to make.
“As we celebrate Easter, let us not flout any government directive, let us be law-abiding.”
Ajayi noted that Jesus Christ suffered on the Cross of Calvary but His resurrection brought hope.
“Let us put our hope in God in order to overcome the various challenges especially COVID-19 troubling the world.”
He urged Christians not to engage in negative activities in an effort to celebrate Easter at all costs.
In the same vein, the Pastor Peter Ibidapo of Christ Apostolic Church advised Christians to show love, saying that Jesus Christ loves the world and died for humanity.
“This year’s Easter period may be a tough time for some Nigerians due to the lockdown directives, but with the little you have, try and put smiles on the faces of the poor and vulnerable in the society,” he urged.
Ibidapo called on those in positions of authority to give priority attention to the welfare of the citizens.
“Our politicians should be more responsive to the yearning of the people as there are many challenges in the land.”
He prayed that Nigeria would overcome economic hardship, insecurity, coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, as Jesus Christ overcame death.
Another clergyman, Pastor James Paul of Assemblies of God Church, said that Easter was a period of selfless sacrifices and love as demostrated by Jesus Christ.
He admonished Christians to continue to pray to God to proffer solutions to the nation’s challenges.
“As God raised Christ from death so will He raise us from all trials, temptations and difficulties, ” he prayed.
Paul called on politicians to bury their differences and tackle national issues with the urgency they deserved.
He urged both leaders and followers to be prepared to make sacrifices for the growth of Nigeria. (NAN)