Clerics yesterday preached attitudinal changes as a way of developing the country. Their Easter messages laid emphasis on putting the country first.

To the General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement (TLCCRM), Pastor Lazarus Muoka, Christians must mend their ways for the country to overcome its challenges.

Pastor Mouka spoke at the end of a Three-Day Easter Crusade entitled: “God’s covenant of peace and blessing’’ at its National Headquarters in Surulere, Lagos.

“Seeing that Jesus Christ has taken away all our sorrow, my advice to Nigerians is that they should all come to Christ according to His invitation. There are a lot of problems here and there but it is only in Him that we have freedom and solutions.

“All should give their lives to Christ and mend their ways and begin to live their life according to the will of God.

“I believe Nigeria’s problem which is man-made can be solved as we should give our life to Christ because God has a solution to the sin of Adam that brought suffering to humanity through Jesus Christ.

“So, we should embrace Christ so that all our problems will be over and in Him, we can be able to live a victorious life and overcome all the challenges in this life.

“Vices like killing, robbery and any form of wickedness, if everyone repents, the matter will be resolved but if we are trying to bank on human security, it has limitations. It fails if Christ is not there,’’ Pastor Mouka said.

Speaking on the continued detention of Leah Sharibu by the insurgents, Muoka said that it behoves on everyone, not just the government to pray for the release of Miss Sharibu.

“My advice is to everyone, not just the government; everyone including the leaders should pray that God should intervene in this matter. This issue concerns us all.

“So, everybody should pray so that the people holding Leah Sharibu will release her and she will be free and it is only God that can do it,’’ the cleric said.

Speaking on the significance of Easter, Mouka said that with the death, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He paid the ultimate price.

“Over 2000 years ago, Christ paid the price for our sins. He was killed, buried and on the third day, he rose from dead for our justification.

“That is why Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter,’’ Mouka said.

A priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nigeria, Rev. Father Alfred Ugochukwu, urged Christians to exhibit service to their neighbours as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

Ugochukwu spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.

He said just as Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross for the redemption of mankind, Christians must now emulate the way of Christ and his Church.

“Just as Jesus by his passion, volunteered to give up his life so that we all can gain eternal life, it is now our responsibility to serve one another.

“The phrase is no more love your neighbour as yourself but now love your neighbour as Christ loves you,” he said.

According to Ugochukwu, the passion, suffering and death of Jesus Christ, places enormous responsibility on every Christian, who must now endeavour to live a life that is Christ-like

“Christ now calls us to service; service to brothers, sisters, friends, relatives, the Church of Christ and even to your enemies; Jesus portrayed this by his way of life and his journey to Calvary, and it is important for us to emulate him,” he said.

The priest noted that during the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus who was seen as the Messiah, washed the feet of his disciples to show humility and act of service.

According to him, God resists the proud and exalts the humble, and so, Christians must keep the teachings of Christ daily in mind, and make cautious efforts to run the Christian race to the glory of God.

“Since Jesus came into the world to render services rather than to be served, we must strive to fulfil his last demand on us, which is to propagate his gospel and also render service to humanity.

“If we abide by the dictates of Jesus, then we can be rest assured that God will lift up every burden from our shoulders,” he said.

According to Catholic Calendar, Easter is heralded by Palm Sunday which signifies Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Holy Thursday which signifies the feast of the Lord’s Supper and Good Friday which signifies the Passion and death of Jesus.

Another cleric, Rev. Fr. Andrew Abhulime,  urged the faithful to regard the experiences they acquired during Lent and Easter as lessons they needed to succeed during every stage of sufferings in life.

He also advised them to see such experiences as part of their roadmaps to victory in life.

He spoke at the end of the Easter Monday picnic organised by the parishioners of Saints Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Ijegun, a suburb of  Lagos.

According to him, sincere victory can only be attained through the cross, because without death by Jesus Christ on the Cross, there would not have been any victory over sins.

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