(BY NGOZI ADIGHIBE)
The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has urged Nigerians to celebrate Christmas with the hope that the country would be better. He encouraged Nigerians not to lose hope, but believe that God would intervene in human matters and make things right in the nation.
He said, “Whatever you are celebrating, remember that the responsibilities of daily life will still be there.”
The Archdeacon emphasized that Jesus Christ came to save mankind from sin and therefore all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour shall be saved. He said that anyone who refuses to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ is dead and living in darkness. According to him, Jesus is the true light and anyone who follows Him cannot work in darkness.
The preacher charged Christians not to pay attention to all those who are ignorant about the Trinity or about the Sonship of Jesus; stating that every knee would soon bow to the name of Jesus. He said Jesus is reigning and He would reign forever. He explained that Jesus is the uncreated creator, who created all things and is Lord of all.
The Venerable Otoki concluded his sermon on the theme, “The light of the world” with questions for all who are celebrating Christmas. He said, “Have you accepted this light, are you reflecting this light and will Jesus approve of your method of celebration?”
Highpoint of the service was the rendition of Christmas Hymns by the Choirs and congregation, and the reading of Bible passages that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.