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Good Friday: Christians, leaders charged to be selfless

By Oluwadamilola Akinduro

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As Christians across the world mark Good Friday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary, ahead of Easter celebration, they have been admonished to emulate Jesus Christ by living selflessly.

Christians and those at the helm of affairs in the country are particularly urged to imbibe the virtue of selflessness and live above materialism and get-rich-quick syndrome for the country to move forward.

The General Overseer, Power of His Reality Church, ljoka, Akure, Pastor Oluwarotimi Peter, who gave the admonition while speaking with The Hope on the significance of Good Friday said it is an important day for reflection on what our Lord Jesus had done.

“Only when we live selflessly like Jesus Christ did, by sacrificing his life on the cross; the urge to acquire wealth uncontrollably can be checkmated. Selflessness involves giving as well as a heart of charity and sharing with others.

“A selfless heart is the heart that seeks to give and does not seek for his own personal gain; just as Christ exemplified.

Our lives as those that follow Christ must tell of our master’s wish that anyone who wants to lead others must be a servant to all,” he stressed.

“This is the day that He had gone to the cross, where He would give His life up and bear the penalty of our sins. He would bear the weight of the sins of mankind, He would bear the wrath of his Father against all sins.

“An innocent man, this Lord Jesus, who was sent to break the works of the devil and to break the work of darkness in our life. This would be the day that He would complete the mission that God had given Him to do. We know that last night being the night before where He had the last supper, the night where He would be betrayed by Judas and placed into the hands of soldiers.

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 “All through the wee hours of the morning He was standing before the Sanhedrin, being beaten, spit upon, ridiculed and accused, even though He was innocent. Yet, He would now be led as a lamb to the slaughter. You know, not lashing out, not retaliating, but going through what His Father had destined Him to go through. That He would conquer death and bring forth life,” the Pastor added.

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