Nation celebrates Good Friday with religious fervour

MINISTER of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Friday called on Nigerians, especially Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.

Laurie's message on filling the void in your life led more than 6,000 people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Catholics meeting at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church and The Newman Catholic Student have spent the past 40 days of Lent celebrating the final days and eventual resurrection of Christ, with increased prayer and worship; fasting, sacrifice and doing positive actions; and finally, through almsgiving, charitable deeds, and service, according to Father Bob Flannery.

Easter Sunday - also known as Resurrection Sunday - is a happy day for Christians, as they believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and that this resurrection symbolises that death is not the end.

"If Easter had not happened, Christmas would have no meaning", he explained. Christianity and Judaism are inexorably linked. Passover commemorates the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt, as described in the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus promised, "I am the resurrection and the life". Jews, however, do not. Apart from Friday's fatality, Palestinians have killed 42 Israelis and two visiting Americans since September 2015, mainly in stabbings, auto ramming assaults and shooting attacks.

The date for celebrating Easter, among the Orthodox, can be anything but orthodox.

Many Filipino devotees perform religious penance during the week leading up to Easter Sunday as a form of worship and supplication, a practice discouraged by Catholic bishops, but widely believed by devotees to cleanse sins, cure illness and even grant wishes.

That is why Easter matters so much.

In the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world, Easter Sunday is a national bank holiday, and most shops will be closed.

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.

Many of us are familiar with the chocolate aspect of Easter. Jesus never died since He is God...only His flesh died. Jack is host of Spiritual Fitness and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer's daily walk with God and the Bible. The two celebrations are somewhat the same.

"Sin separates us from God, and until we're forgiven and cleansed of our sins, we have no hope of eternal life in heaven". On this day Jesus returned to life from death after crucifixion by Romans at Calvary in 30 AD.

  • Salvatore Jensen