Easter, is a Christian festival and Cultural Holiday celebrated all over the world to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.

According to the New Testament of the Bible, Christ’s Resurrection occurred three days after the crucifixion of Jesus by Romans.

Easter concludes the Passion of Christ, which begins with a 40 day period of fasting also known as Lent, and is concluded by the Holy Week.

This year’s celebration starts from Friday, April 15 which is referred to as Good Friday to Monday, April 18, Easter Monday, the day it is believed Jesus ascended to the heavens to join the saints. 

Speaking on the significance of Easter, Presiding Pastor, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Opposite Government College Apata Ibadan, Reverend Nathaniel Oyebamiji, said Easter is observed by Christians to celebrate the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, which is the bedrock of Christianity today.

He added that “Every gesture of worship, every extemporal and spontaneous prayer must come from the heart, from our spirit under the influence of the Holy Spirit. We must recite from the heart in the true spirit of what we are saying.”

Also speaking, Bishop Solomon Aremu of Christ The Light Gospel Church Incorporated, Ologuneru Ibadan, the day is meant for Christians to soberly reflect and stay away from actions that connote crucifying Christ the second time.

Expatiating further Bishop Aremu, on the significance of the death of the Lord Jesus, said; “Jesus’ sacrifice, suffering and death for sin of all generations teach us the virtue of selfless living, giving, loving, caring and serving.”

General Overseer of the Chirst Apostlic Church, CAC, Reformation land, lleatunse, jegede, Olunloyo area, Timothy Arabambi, said Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gave the world privilege to escape the wrath of God and be partakers of His righteousness, wealth, joy and victory over death.

He added that, As we celebrate Easter, let us determine in our hearts to be committed to God in every way as individuals, families and as a Nation. Let us have living faith in God to move our Country forward”, he said as he declared that , “Nigeria will know peace, unprecedented progress and transformation”.

 The clerics who congratulated Christians on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, prayed God to make Nigeria better, especially as the country prepares for the 2023 elections.

MICHAEL ADEYEMO

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