As Christians the world over celebrate this year’s Easter to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a onetime Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Cross River state, Archbishop Archibong Archibong has called for new life and approaches for the death and resurrection of Christ to have impact on Nigerians.
Speaking Sunday in a message titled ‘New Life through Christ’s Resurrection,’ the clergy, who is also the General Superintendent of the Calabar-based Intercessors Bible Mission, IBM, said that multifarious socio-economic and security challenges facing the nation could be tackled with a new sense of direction and approach since the old order and approaches have refused to work.
He reasoned that man cannot expect new result with old method and old sinful life but that for people to have a total turn around socio-economically with improved condition of living, new life in Christ should be imbibed.
Drawing his scriptural text from Romans 6: 3-4, and Gal 2:20, Archbishop Archibong said because Christ identified with man in his low estate by dying on the cross even though he committed no sins, a provision has been made for man to identify with Him in his elevated position with attendant blessings and breakthrough but that to enjoy God’s abundant blessings, Nigerians must receive Him as lord and saviour.
“Our government, our people and indeed all humanity should identify with Christ who alone can make the difference. Old life and old way of doing things, old manner and approaches should be abandoned. Blessings and turn around in business are located in Christ Jesus. You cannot be in Christ and continue to remain in pains, suffering and destruction,” he stated.
The clergyman explained that sin was responsible for the calamity the world was finding itself and therefore appealed to Nigerians to allow the power of the resurrected Christ to positively change their attitude, adding “Christ’s death shall not be in vain in your life and in our nation.”
He called on Nigerians to let go sin and embrace Christ for the power of the resurrected Christ to catapult them to where the Almighty had destined for both the people and the country.