Overcoming the Challenges of our Times
In the last 40 days, Christian people have been observing the Lenten season and the Passion Week. This last week, the Holy week witnessed stirring events in the life of our LORD Jesus Christ, which culminated in His arrest, crucifixion, death, burial and the resurrection on Easter Day. The celebration of Easter is therefore a unique occasion as it marks the climax of our salvation story.
As we joyfully celebrate the 2013 Easter Day, it is important that we use this platform to re-emphasize the incontrovertible fact that Jesus has risen from the dead and He is alive for ever. Through His resurrection power, therefore we can overcome all sorts of challenges we might have as an individual, as the Church of God and as a Nation.
With this in mind, we call on all Christians and Nigerians as a whole to reaffirm their trust in God, and in corporate Nigeria. We should recall that inspite of all human efforts to stop the resurrection of Christ by forces represented by all classes and shades of people i.e the Roman authorities, the Jewish people and their leaders, principalities and powers, the soldiers and even the stone rolled against the entrance of His tomb, Christ arose and He triumphed thereby making every impossibility possible.
Let us remain resolute and resilient, having our hope in the strength and power of the Almighty God. Our prayer for our country, Nigeria is that we shall overcome the present challenges of lingering insecurity: bloodshed, destruction of lives and property; poverty and political squabbles. We should keep hope alive of a corporate Nigeria.
Also, it must be emphasised to every individual that the victory we celebrate at Easter must extend to overcoming our sinful nature and habits, to enable us fight decisively against corruption in all its ramifications.
Therefore, let the victory song be echoed loud and clear that: “The strife is O’er, the battle done, the triumph of the Lord is won; Oh! Let the song of praise be sung – Alleluia”.
Most Revd Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria
Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
Episcopal House, Abuja.