By Wola Edun
Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Aba and Bishop, Diocese of Isiala Ngwa South, The Most Revd. Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia in his Christmas message said the season should remind everyone to give thanks to God, the Father, who gave His only begotten Son to the world for man’s redemption.
“Christmas is a time we remember the fulfillment of the promise of God: The birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who was born as man and who saved the world from sin and destruction.
“Christmas is all about God’s love, mercy and saving grace toward a wicked and depraved world.
“We as Christians must then be ready at this Christmas season to be channels of blessings and compassion to the weak and the less privileged. We must bring joy to gloomy hearts by sacrificially sharing whatever we have with the needy. Christ’s love must be transmitted through us to others irrespective of class, race or religion.
“If you do not have Him, the reason for Christmas, Jesus, use this opportunity to accept and welcome Him into your life and with Jesus, the year 2023 will be full of blessings, prosperity, good health, sound mind and peace” he said.
Concerning 2023 election, Nwaobia urged everyone to remember to pray for Nigeria at this Christmas period on the general elections about to take place in 2023. He called on every Nigerian to contribute his or her quota in ensuring that a credible and God-fearing candidate emerge by getting their P.V.C and praying for a free and fair election.
He admonished Nigerians not to be involved in violence, bribery, political thuggery and bloodshed but rather pray and vote wisely. He asked Nigerians to constantly pray for a fruitful, prosperous 2023 after the Christmas.
He called on Nigerians not to just use the period of Christmas to eat and drink but meditate on the fact that the best Christmas gift everybody need is Jesus, adding that they should use this Yuletide period to reflect on their lives, choices and actions with a view to doing better in the coming year.
Nwaobia said as Nigerians celebrate this season with family and friends, they should remember the reason for the season: “Jesus Christ” as he prayed for God’s protection over every family. He prayed that the life of every Nigerian would flourish and blossom always, their lives reflecting Christ.