By Josephine Oguntoyinbo, Folasade Afe & Kayode Olabanji
Christians in Ondo State joined others worldwide yesterday to celebrate Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with special church services.
Jesus Christ was said to have resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary.
Churches across the state were not left out in the celebration as some of the Pentecostal churches used the celebration for evangelism while others like the Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Celestials celebrated with special services.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Okitipupa chapter, Pastor Peter Akinyelure in his Easter message, appealed to Christians to keep on praying, loving, and uniting as means to appreciate the love God have for mankind.
Akinyelure said “Jesus Christ died for us on the cross of Calvary and he has resurrected. “If Jesus did not resurrect our faith would have been in vain.”
The Methodist Bishop, Diocese of Owo, Rt. Reverend Solomon Abayomi Adegbite in his message, urged christians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ as they celebrate Easter.
According to him, the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for mankind in his death and resurrection cannot be overemphasised.
While emphasising that his sacrifice brought redemption to Christians, he said the grace and mercy we enjoy today are products of the inestimable sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Adegbite stressed the need for Nigerians to use the Easter celebration to pray for the good of the country irrespective of religious affiliations.
The cleric equally enjoined people to pray for the leaders to direct the affairs of the country well.
He averred that the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ should be a reflection period on the significance of his sacrifice to the world.
The Parish Priest, Christ the King Catholic Church, Alagbaka Akure, Revd. Fr. (Dr.) Clement Oddiah in his homily at the Holy Mass in commemoration of Easter charged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ’s life, passion death and resurrection in patriotism as well as obedience to higher authority.
The cleric harped on the essence of Christianity as a way of life with dignity, obedience and respect.
He maintained that in witnessing Christ, Christians are meant to do the right thing and do it the right way, living an exemplary life.
His words: “As Christians, we must follow set protocols. We must follow rules and structures because every society has a structure and set rules.
“We cannot claim to love Christ and not do things right. We should witness the Lord’s resurrection power in doing things the right way”, he said.
The priest cited that the celebration of Easter was made possible because Jesus Christ submitted to the authority of Pontius Pilate and allowed God’s will. Hence the need for Christians to be submissive to the authority.
He noted that race of life is not about seniority but by grace and that some people have more grace to run better and become greater in life.