BY FELIX OTI, AWKA
The Bishop on the Niger, the Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo, yesterday said people should talk about Jesus Christ, His power to save, heal, deliver from sins and restoration.
Bishop Nwokolo, who stated this in the 2021 End-of-year Luncheon with journalists said that Christmas is a time of deliverance and salvation which our Lord Jesus Christ gives to us.
He charged everyone: ‘as you are facing any situation whether even Covid 19 or the general one Omicron that is ravaging the world we are with hope and have hope. Hope that a Saviour has been born and with His message of hope and salvation all these things we are seeing will be the thing of the past.
Bishop Nwokolo continued: “Long time, a prophecy was given and Matthew one of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ captured it in Mathew chapter 1 verse 21. Here it’s recorded that the Son of God will be born to us will and will be named Jesus, why? Because He will save His people from their sins.
‘Salvation is a comprehensive word that covers the physical, spiritual, emotional and deliverance, we need deliverance, salvation in our society where we are facing so many challenges, is it kidnapping, killer herdsmen, Unknown Gun Men, harsh economic situation, devalued currency?
‘This makes it difficult for people to make ends meet but we have a saviour Jesus Christ who came to save, and deliver.
‘Situation may be so difficult to handle, we need salvation in our society today, Jesus Christ knows how to handle situations and circumstances. He has come here as a human being. Jesus Christ is a perfect man, everything about human existence is captured in Him. He suffered and was born in a poor family and you can’t talk about poverty He understands. He was born in a lonely estate. You can’t talk about the harsh economy when His people were under slavery. They were not independent but here in Nigeria, we are Independent. That salvation restored peace of mind, hope and our Joy of the Holy Spirit.
‘This Christmas we are charging everyone as you are facing any situation weather even Covid 19 or the general one that is ravaging the world we are with hope and have hope. Hope that a Saviour has been born and with His message of hope and salvation all these things we are seeing will be the thing of the past.
‘Government are trying their best, medical professionals, too but the main thing is that Jesus is in control.
‘This Christmas, we charge you to speak about Him, His power to save, heal, reconcile, restore and power to deliver. Don’t be afraid, threatened, Christmas is a time of deliverance, salvation which only our Lord Jesus Christ gives to us. He will give it to you and you will and you will celebrate in peace’. Bishop on the Niger, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Nwokolo concluded.