Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- April 22, 2020
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BY NGOZI ADIGHIBE
The Bishop of Owerri Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Rt. Rev’d Chukwuma Oparah PhD, has admonished Christians not to be overly anxious or frustrate themselves with worry; because Jesus Christ who knows, and can do, all things is with them.
Speaking on the topic, “Who rolled the stone”, at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, Imo state, Bishop Oparah explained that it was God Himself who rolled the stone away from the tomb where Jesus Christ was buried. He therefore asserted that there is no situation that is so grievous that Jesus Christ cannot overcome. He charged believers to trust in God and anchor their faith in Him, because He is ever present to help them.
The cleric assured Christians of God’s ability to see them through whatever challenges or difficulties they might be experiencing; emphasizing that COVID-19 would not overcome them and that with Jesus, Nigeria would surely celebrate victory over this pandemic.
He declared that no matter the challenges Christians are passing through or the situation they might have found themselves in, the same Jesus who rose from the dead is their God and He would surely grant them victory. He noted that the world is faced with different challenges; but that one thing is certain, which is that only Jesus can roll the stone away- stone of challenges, difficulties and problems.
The Rt. Rev’d Chukwuma Oparah remarked that globally, the whole world was pondering on how to defeat the coronavirus pandemic; just as two men in the Bible pondered about the situation that had happened around them, on their way to Emmaus. According to him, Jesus joined them suddenly and opened their eyes to the truth, which granted them peace. In the same vein, the Bishop pointed out that Christians are never alone, because Jesus Christ is always present, with the peace that He alone can give. He charged believers to speak to their hearts not to be troubled, because Jesus Christ through His resurrection brought peace and healing.
Bishop Oparah gave a call to repentance; calling on all who were yet to accept Jesus as Lord to do so, because according to him, it is only Jesus who can save mankind.