Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has described Easter as a period of sober reflection on the significance of the death of Jesus Christ and great sacrifice by the Saviour to give humanity the hope of eternal life.
The Governor stated this during the Easter service held at the Chapel of Grace, Government House in Akure, yesterday.
Akeredolu, who felicitated with christians noted that Easter represents the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He assured the Christian community that Nigeria will soon overcome whatever challenges that might be confronting the country.
He enjoined christians to emulate the good example laid by Jesus Christ, adding that His exemplary life is a great lesson that should be emulated by all.
Arakunrin Akeredolu urged Christians to continue to be tolerant of one another, show and promote love, as well as be advocates of peaceful co-existence.
While admonishing the christian community to be hopeful of a better and a greater Nigeria, the Governor charged them to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland.
Earlier in his sermon, titled: “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Demonstration of Divine Love’, Revd. Canon (Dr) Lawrence Ekundayo said without resurrection, there would be no church.
He added that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the greatest Christian doctrine that could be preached.
He explained that depression was not the ultimate of human life, saying every human being had to pass through depression.
“This is the first of the three major lessons of resurrection. Even Jesus went through depression.
“Our joy is that depression is not the end of life because the resurrection of Jesus demonstrates that no matter how bad the situation is, God has the capacity to change it,” he said.
Ekundayo further said second lesson of grief was not the end of every Christian, and nobody could translate beyond grief without Jesus Christ.
He also said the third lesson of resurrection proved that God had forgiven humanity of his sins, saying without resurrection, reconciliation becomes impossible.
“Forgiveness is restricted and limited to Jesus. The only way to be forgiven our sins is through Christ, and for those not willing to receive Jesus, reconciliation does not extend to them.
“The major and highest message of resurrection is love. Resurrection is a demonstration of love and it shows that love is stronger than hatred.
“The only miracle which many of us do not know, or are not conscious of, after and during resurrection, was a welfarist miracle.
“This shows the degree and extent of Jesus Christ’s love to people who are hungry, which clearly depicted in the lives of some of His disciples who went all day fishing, but had nothing to show for it, but with genuine love, showed them the right direction where they killed many fish”, he said.
The Cleric who described hunger and poverty as the major problems confronting Nigeria, appealed to government at all levels, to expedite actions towards ensuring that the problem is tamed.
Cannon Ekundayo hinted that the greatest success any government can achieve is the ability to pass the welfarist test of alleviating poverty and hunger in the society.
Describing Akeredolu as a welfarist Governor, the Clergy commended him for the recent car loans distributed to civil servants, saying the gesture, will in no little way, alleviate poverty among the beneficiaries.
Also worthy of commendation, according to the clergy, is the reinstatement of the 60 disengaged staff members of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) and others at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO).
He said the Governor’s wonderful gesture depicts genuine love, which had saved the affected workers from dying of hunger or languishing in pains.