Christmas: CAN urges Christians to live christ-like life
By: Femi Oyelola
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Branch has urged Christians to use the opportunity of Christmas celebration to live a Christ like life which is beyond marrying, drinking and eating.
The CAN Chairman in the state Rev. John Joseph Hayab stated this in a statement made available to media in kaduna North West Nigeria, on 24th December,2020.
According to him Christians are
personification of Christ called to be a threat to falsehood, insincerity and all inhuman deals.
He therefore called on believers to use the occasion to reflect over the past, and asked themselves as individuals and as a people, “how much of a christ-like have I (we) been?” Because Christmas comes with the grace of rebirth which only a true atonement can bring.
Rev Hayab said the year 2020 became for the world a year of great challenge with the coming of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
” In Nigeria and particularly in Kaduna State, the pandemic added more salt to injury as we were already dealing with the challenges of insecurity such as bandits attacks on many of our villages and kidnapping of many innocent people for ransom.
“The year was for us a year of the dark moment of the soul. But the grace of his birth is here to wipe off all our fears and troubles, and by Jesus birth, we shall regain a new Hope, our land shall be healed,
“we shall be called by a new name, glory will fill the land, the truth will flourish like the palm tree and peace like an overflowing river.
“Birth of Christ became the end of an age caged in traditions that were though religious, but mostly anti-human.
“Little wonder, his coming shuck every throne, especially of Kings and rulers who ruled the people without fairness, leaders who lay a heavy burden on the people, exploited them for self gains.
” Leaders who rejected the leadership roles and became rulers and tyrants. It is evident in their efforts to destroy Jesus from birth, but truth never dies, he lived, he gave the blow and he still reigns supreme overall.”
Speaking on the Covid-19 pendemic the CAN Chairman
called on Christians to be law-abiding citizens, celebrate Christmas in love, peace, respecting others and strictly observing government regulations on COVID-19.
According to him the pandemic is real and is causing havoc in many parts of the world.
” Our state and country are recording more cases in this second wave. Church leaders should be seen guiding their members right. We should strictly observe all the protocols set up by the government, especially by medical workers.
“We should discourage large gatherings and worshippers must wear face masks and observe physical distance during worship services.
” It is another time of the year, a season of worship, praise and adoration for the birth of the great King, everlasting Father, wonderful counsellor, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, meaning God with us upon whose shoulders lay the entire world.
” Christmas is a day we celebrate the word of God becoming flesh to dwell among us as a saviour whose sole responsibility is uniting the world and reconciling humanity to God
” Christ Jesus, though fully God, willingly took human form, the highest humility from God, all with an aim for the salvation of mankind. His birth established truth, for he said: “I am the truth and the light.”
” His birth became for us the highest gift ever given to humanity for the reconciliation of every tribe and tongue, all people and Nations.
” The birth of Christ became the end of an age caged in traditions that were though religious, but mostly anti-human.
“Little wonder, his coming shuck every throne, especially of Kings and rulers who ruled the people without fairness, leaders who lay a heavy burden on the people, exploited them for self gains. Leaders who rejected the leadership roles and became rulers and tyrants.
“It is evident in their efforts to destroy Jesus from birth, but truth never dies, he lived, he gave the blow and he still reigns supreme overall.
” The gift of C