Reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice, bishop-elect tells Christians at Easter

The Bishop-elect of Orthodox Gospel Church of Nigeria (Orthodox Anglican Communion) Diocese of Lagos on The Mainland, The Venerable Funso Awe, has called on Christians in Nigeria to reflect deeply on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and be assured of a glorious future.

Awe, who said this in Easter message on Friday, noted that the experience in the last couple of months all over the world was a testimony that God reigns in the affairs of men.

The cleric said, “Jesus died to redeem mankind from sin and give us eternal life. Anybody who has that eternal life should not be disturbed by the unfolding event in the world.

“We thank God for medical practitioners and their interventions. But our hope is not in medicine and science. Our hope is in Jesus who redeemed us from death and sicknesses.”

He assured the people that the Orthodox Anglican Communion in Nigeria would continue to pray for the healing of those who had been infected by the COVID-19 while also urging Nigerians to keep safe.

The bishop-elect said, “We want to use this opportunity to encourage Nigerians to obey all medical instructions and keep hope alive. The present pandemic will soon be a thing of the past. We will all have cause to rejoice and thank God.

“This is not a time to be far from God. This is a time to maintain closer relationship with God and to hold onto the promise of God more than ever before. Be assured that God who knows and sees tomorrow will not allow the devil to triumph over our lives.”

He advised that the social distancing being observed should not translate to people distancing themselves from God and his word.
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