By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
As Christians across the world celebrate the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, the Priest at Basilica of Grace Church, Gudu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Venerable (Dr) Paul Dajur has admonished Christian faithful to live a righteous life so they will also have eternal life.
In his Easter Sunday Sermon titled: “He Is Risen From Dead”, Venerable Dajur reminded the faithful that if Jesus Christ did not rise from death their belief would have been in vein, adding that “anybody who believes in Jesus Christ, do His will and shun sin will also rise from death on the last day to be in Paradise with God”.
The Clergyman therefore urged Christians not to be afraid of death but work towards righteousness so that if they die, they wil rise again in Christ. He also explained that he is not afraid to die because he knows that he will rise again to be with Jesus Christ.
He also said they should believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ because He is the only person on earth who lived, died, was buried but rose from the dead on the third day and has lived ever since without dying again like Lazarus and others who were raised from dead and who lived but later died again.
Venerable Dajur who is also the Secretary of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) thanked God for His mercies upon the members to be alive to celebrate Easter in 2021 after Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forced the government all over the world including Nigeria to ban public gatherings including church services hence there was no Easter celebrations last year.
Elsewhere, Christian faithful including those of the orthodox and pentecostal denominations celebrated Easter Sunday at various worship centers in even as there were large turnout of worshippers in the churches visited in Abuja.
Expectedly, worshippers observed Covid-19 protocols including wearing of face masks, washing of hands and social distancing in the churches.
Easter is a very significant Christian festival which celebrates the betrayal, sentencing, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The his holiday is celebrated across the globe.
According to the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Easter occurs three days after the crucifixion of Jesus by Romans. Easter concludes the “Passion of Christ”, which begins with a 40 days period of fasting called Lent and is concluded by the Holy Week. Holy Thursday (celebration of Jesus’s last supper) and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday is a part of the Holy Week which ends on Easter Sunday.