“The beauty of Christianity is that Jesus Christ did not just die, but He resurrected and gave us the way of the Cross.”
This was the submission of the Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, Bishop Theologian and Dean of the Crowther Language School, Abeokuta in Ogun State during the Anglican Diocese of Abuja Lenten programme tagged, ‘The Way of the Cross’, which took place at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Abuja.
The Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju who spoke on the topic, ‘The Power of the Cross’, said that the strength of Christianity is the Cross, adding that to be a genuine Christian, one must be crucified with Christ. He explained that the Cross is a symbol of the Son of God who died on the Cross; but however mentioned that the Cross is not to be worshipped. Prof. Asaju emphasized that the Cross is not what people wear but the life that they live. Therefore, he urged believers to live lives that are entirely sold out to God and not lives based on preserving themselves on earth.
The Guest Preacher pointed out that the way of the Cross is a readiness to follow the ways of God irrespective of its consequences and a total rejection of worldly things. According to him, the power that is made available in Christianity was issued from what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary; adding that man was redeemed at the Cross. He said that as a result of Christ’s death, the price of death was paid for man, salvation was released to mankind, forgiveness was given to man, victory over satan and healing was brought to man, there was an open access to God and the power of Resurrection was made available to Christians.
The Bishop Theologian stressed that in Christianity there is absolute ethics unlike the world where they believe that the end justifies the means. He observed that Christianity has more duties and few rights, explaining that a believer must deny him or herself and follow Jesus. Bishop Asaju described Christianity as a difficult life adding that it is not just about dancing in Church or looking for what God will do, but rather the believer’s willingness to render his or her life for service to God. The Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju called on Christians to realize that they will always be persecuted because of their belief in God, but as long as they hold on to the Cross they will triumph at the end. He ended with a charge to the Church to hold firmly to the pattern that has been set by Jesus Christ and refuse to be swayed by persecutions from the West and other religions.
At the end of the message, the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh made an altar call and souls were won for the Kingdom. It was a power filled service and the Church was packed full with Christians from the Anglican Church and other denominations.