By Oladele Igbaboyemi:
The District Pastor of Christ Gospel Mission International, Abeokuta District 2, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, Rev Elijah Olojede has urged Christians to show the reasons for the season and the teachings of the Holy Bible, show love to one another and ensure peace reign.
Rev. Olojede stated this on Sunday during the 2018 Christmas carol concert held at the church auditorium, Sabo, Abeokuta, themed “King of Glory”.
He said people are caught up in Christmas celebrations every year but wondered if they really understand the truth about the season.
Olojede said Christmas is a period for self-assessment using the Bible teachings of Jesus Christ as the main object for the celebration.
According to him, Christians celebrate the miracle of the birth of Christ every Dec. 25, to express joy at the wonders of Jesus’ coming has brought to the world.
“It is a day set aside to mark the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and no matter the circumstances; Christians must show His virtues of love and peace during the season.
“It is a moment to pray for our country and also show kindness to the less privileged by sharing gifts as shown in the Bible when the wise men came to visit Jesus when he was born,” He said.
The cleric urged Christians to make out time this season to visit the hospitals, prisons and orphanage homes to show those in such places that there was always a reason to thank God.
He said presenting gifts to them, as well as preaching the word of God, would go a long way in wiping away their tears and strengthening their faith in God and the gospel.
However, Olojede appealed to all Nigerians irrespective of their faith, to pray fervently for the country in preparation for 2019 General Elections that Nigeria would experience the most peaceful, credible, free and fair election.