Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- April 5, 2020
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BY NGOZI ADIGHIBE
The Most Rev’d Henry C. Ndukuba, the Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion has enjoined all Christians to use this period of lockdown to pray and cry to the Lord for mercy; because according to him, there is a victory that overcomes the world.
Primate Ndukuba made this known while he delivered his sermon on Palm Sunday. He stressed that help could only come from God, and so prayer is key. Therefore, he declared that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Holy week should be observed as days of prayers, to cry to God for deliverance.
The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria observed that the situation in which the world has found itself might be great, but it is not greater than God.
He said, “No matter the condition in our country, the One we celebrate is all in all to us.”
The cleric said Jesus is worthy to be praised; adding that in situations like this, one should find reasons to praise God; because that is the reason man was created.
Primate Ndukuba said, “In this lockdown, let us learn to praise God; even when there is threat of death and when the enemy has risen up against us, because praise brings victory and deliverance.”
He pointed out that Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem was like a divine visitation from God. Thus, he urged believers to celebrate palm Sunday with expectations in their heart and not allow Jesus to pass them by.
The Archbishop said that no matter the storm happening around, if one allowed Jesus to come in, that storm would cease. Hence, he encouraged believers to turn to God during this lockdown, so that God would show the world mercy.
He admonished Christians to be courageous, to not give up, to be of good cheer; stating that with God, one is secure.
Quoting copiously from the scriptures, Primate Ndukuba explained that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a colt that was not even a full fledged donkey and not with chariots or convoy as in the case of prominent persons today. Yet, according to him, the moment Jesus rode on that colt, the status of that animal changed, because Jesus has the power to change the life of any person and change any situation.
According to the Primate, “As we open up to Jesus, asking Him to come in, He has the power to change everything about us”.
Primate Ndukuba stated that Palm Sunday is not about any man, but about Jesus who came to shed His blood that man would have life. Therefore, he charged Christians celebrating palm Sunday to let go of everything and look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of their faith, and the one who could save them.