The General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah has advised Ghanaians against missing the significance of Easter which is the conciliation with God.
Most people, he said, miss the importance of the period and celebrate it out of context, adding that “Easter is a period of great conciliation between man and God”.
In an interview with GPCC NEWS Team, Rev. Barrigah noted that, Easter is not the time of travelling to Kwahu to have fun and drink alcohol as many people celebrate, but a period of reconciliation with their maker.
“Easter is a celebration of the gift of Christ, and we must know that Christ sacrificed his life because of our sins, so we should not celebrate this sacrifice in sin, but rather, it should be celebrated avoiding sin,” he said.
According to him, Christ’s death shows the full extent of love of God for mankind, urging Christians to extend love to one another making others feel the love of God.
The man of God mentioned that, Easter must be celebrated everyday as Christians check their lives to ensure they have a better and good relationship with God.
He cautioned Christians to set their eyes on the things of God but not worldly or material things because “we cannot take them to eternity.”
Rev Barrigah said to the Bible also gives hope to the believer that Jesus was crucified with the sin of the world and in turn has given us the righteousness of God.
Again, the resurrection power he said, demonstrates the power of God to bring renewal into the lives of men thereby making us powerful at the same time.
Power over Sin
The General Secretary pointed out that, the death and resurrection of Christ, has empowered Christians to overcome sin, so if the celebration of Easter which proclaims the victory over sin would make other people sin then it becomes a paradox.
In view of this, he advised that, Christians should spend Easter to pursue a life of righteousness.
“We should celebrate Easter that seek after a life of righteousness because that is the sense of Easter so we should not do the contrary by going to sin during this celebration,” he said.
He further admonished the leaders of the country to emulate the sacrifices Christ made for the world and make it reflect in their works for Ghana and Africa at large.
“Christ was selfless, devoted and led an exemplary life and that should be the focus of our leaders. They should be able to lead the people righteously instead taking advantage of the vulnerable” he said.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS