The Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Dr. James Odedeji encouraged Christians not to soil their hands in dirt despite the economic hardship but remain righteous and live as believers in Antioch.

Odedeji gave the admonition on Wednesday while delivering his Easter message titled ‘Celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection’ where he emphasized that Christian community should not forget the self-sacrifice of Jesus for mankind, and also to approach life with eternity in mind.

He said: “We are once again in that season of the year when we mark the trial, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is indeed worth remembering that it was that self-sacrifice that opened door to heaven to those who know and follow him acceptably.

Bishop Odedeji

“We must always remember that Christ, the prince of peace, reigns and awaits the coming of his true followers. It is therefore, appropriate that Nigerian Christians after 40 days of self-denial by fasting in the Lenten season, remember that it does not all end here. They should always be God’s conscious in their actions, whether in public or private life.

“Easter also reminds us that righteousness exalts a nation, and sin is a reproach. All of us, leaders and followers alike, must be Christ-like and live as those believers in Antioch lived.”

Bishop Odedeji showered accolades on the Nigerian citizens for staying put despite the economic turbulence hitting the country.

“I congratulate all Nigerians for being alive to celebrate Easter, despite the economic realities facing us as a nation, but it must be done with eternity in focus.”


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