Easter messages from the clergy… 

Easter messages from the clergy… 

Learn to overcome betrayal — Ps Mensa Otabil

The Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensah Otabil has urged Christians who feel betrayed to learn from Jesus’ example of dealing with betrayal in order to receive healing and restoration.

Pastor Otabil in his ‘Word to go’ series said many people were battling with how to overcome betrayal but could make reference to Jesus’ practical example to get over such situations.

Referencing Luke 22:47-48, he read, “And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

In Jesus’ scenario, he said, the dis­ciples were accustomed to praying with Jesus in Gethsemane when they were in Jerusalem which served as their place of rest and of quiet, and to stay away from the crowd.

He added, Judas knew that, that was the time to get Jesus alone because the Jews did not want to arrest Jesus in the public space.

Pastor Otabil said, they looked for someone in the camp of Jesus to get him in the quiet place and that was how Judas led the team to Gethsemane where they arrested Jesus Christ.

“And for a little prize, Judas betrayed the man he had stayed with, learnt a lot from and shared so much relationship with. And he did it with a kiss,” he said.

“It is amazing how betrayal is camou­flaged as affection because it happened with a kiss. So Jesus asked Judas if he was betraying him with a kiss. That was to bring some consciousness to Judas that he knew what he was doing so that after that, he could think about what he had done and repent,” he stressed.

In the midst of that, he said, Peter one of the disciples, cut the ear of one of the people who came to arrest Jesus but the Lord rather healed the ear.

“Amazing that the last recorded heal­ing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ was at the time when he was betrayed by a close friend and being arrested and in the midst of all that, instead of bitterness, there was healing,” he stated.

“That is the awesomeness of Jesus as he was fully in charge of his emotions and constantly doing the will of the Father which everyone must emulate,” he added.

He explained that, betrayal was painful for anyone to go through especial­ly when someone used what they knew about another to do harm.

However, he said, with the example of Jesus, he said especially going into the Easter festivities where Christians remem­ber the death of Christ and everything prior to that, it was important to look back and let go of betrayal.

That, he said, would provide healing and restoration and not make a person become a bearer of pain and anguish.

 By Michael D. Abayateye

 Easter is for spiritual, physical, emotional wellbeing of Christians — Rev Addo-Yobo

 The General overseer of the International Victory Praise Chapel, Dome, Rev. Humphery Addo-Yobo says it is worth celebrating Easter as it commemorates Jesus Christ’s death for the spiritual, physical, emotional and total wellbeing of Christians.

• Rev. Humphery
• Rev. Humphery

He said the transformation of Jesus into the human flesh to taste death for the sake of the sins of man was worth celebrating because even with humans, forgiveness among men usually comes with some excitement.

In an interview with The Spectator, he explained that Easter must not be observed with malice and wickedness but with a clean heart and sincerity.

He justified this with a scripture in I Corinthians 5:7.

It reads: “Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.

He said as Christians, it was import­ant to strive towards having a clean heart, which would be free from sin.

Reverend Addo stated that the cele­bration of Easter was a necessity be­cause it was the gateway for man’s sal­vation through the new birth of Christ.

“I Corinthians 5:8 states that There­fore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of evil and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.

Reverend Addo Yobo also mentioned that the celebration of Easter signifies Jesus’ victory over death, adding that “Christians must celebrate Easter with the understanding that Satan has been destroyed.”

He urged Christians to celebrate Easter in a way that symbolises that Jesus Christ has defeated death and won victory for us.

 By Elizabeth Agyeibea Ackon

 Reflect the sacrifice of Jesus on cross – Ps Hammond

 The Resident Pastor of Tabernacle Worship Centre, Burma Hills branch, Pastor Daniel David Hammond has called on Christians to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for mankind during the Easter season.

Rev Daniel Hammond
Rev Daniel Hammond

“Easter allows us to see clearly what is of eternal value and that which is temporary, but living in a fallen and broken world can often cloud our vi­sion,” Ps Hammond said in an interview with The Spectator.

Sharing his thoughts on the season, Ps Hammond stated that “We some­times concentrate more on this earth which is temporary and forget that the spiritual is more real and of eternal value.”

“Much like Easter celebrations, we know which is worthier of our focus. However, our sinful nature causes us to focus more on ourselves and immediate pleasures,” he added.

He said Christians must learn to put their trust in the Lord, for the Bible says “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departed from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.”

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-7).

Ps Hammond said trusting in God and obeying Him was the only way to live a fulfilled Christian life.

By Andrew Parker

Celebrate triumph of life over death — Prophet Eric Boahen

 The leader and founder of Reign House Chapel, Prophet Eric Boahen Uche, has charged Christians to celebrate the triumph of life over death this Easter.

• Ps Boahen Uche
• Ps Boahen Uche

According to him, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the gift of salvation by God.

He said, In Christian tradition, the Resurrection represents Christ’s victory over death and the promise of eternal life for those who follow him.

He made this call when speaking to The Spectator ahead of Easter.

Prophet Eric Boahen wished everyone a Happy Easter and said “May the joy of Christ’s resurrection fill your hearts with renewed faith and hope.”

According to him, this renewed hope has what it takes to lift people to the next level in their lives.

Prohphet Boahen added that Chris­tians must use the period to reflect on the circumstances surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus.

This, he said, would go a long way to affect how they do things in one’s quest to be Christ-like.

He further charged Christians to spread love during Easter, by putting smiles on the faces of others far and near

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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