Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, has implored Christians to accept the love of Christ exhibited to them on the Cross of Calvary wholeheartedly.
According to the Chairman of the church, when you take Easter out of Christianity, it becomes meaningless, adding: “the purpose of our worship is due to the death of Christ.”
This, he said at the Akuapem Zone Easter Convention, today at the Presby ‘B’ School Park, Amanokrom, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Speaking to the topic: “What Is Our Response to the Love of Christ to Us,” Apostle Nyamekye said that it is the love of Christ that compels Apostle Paul, moved him along, as a person is moved along in a crowd. (2 Corinthians 5:1ff; 6:1ff)
“Apostle Paul contemplated on the marvelous love that Christ showed to him; he could not help but to move along in service for his wonderful savior and redeemer,” he stated.
He set a precedent in Acts 21:10-14, where the Prophet Agabus came down from Judea, took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, warning him of the occurrences he was likely to face in Jerusalem. Withstanding that, Paul, however, was not perturbed by the prophecy and left.
He added: “This, makes us realise that Apostle Paul worked sacrificially and tirelessly for the sake of the blood and name of Jesus Christ.”
He further noted that though physically Paul had no beauty, yet spiritually he was full and endowed with great power and the knowledge of Christ. He asserted that Paul was surprised by the love Jesus showed to mankind on the cross and pledged to die in Him.
Reading from Isaiah 53:1ff, he mentioned that: “The price of sin is death. We were heading towards the destination of death, which was our initial place, however, Jesus’ death exchanged our destiny for life.”
He iterated that the love of God through His son Jesus, made us newly-created beings on the cross, therefore, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”
He, then admonished Christians to restrain from looking down on each other, because we have all been reconciled in Christ.
“From henceforth, do not judge any one in their human nature. Desist from that practice,” he reiterated and mentioned that we have all been blessed spiritually through the blood of Christ.
He called on the political leaders to also, eschew from tribal politics. This, he believes brings national division and hatred among the tribes, resulting in negative vices.
Touching on the work given to Christians by Jesus Christ, he pointed out that each person has been given the Ministry of reconciliation and the Words of reconciliation.
According to the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, the ministry of reconciliation made us the light of the world, and the words of reconciliation, is that: “for our sake He made him to be sin, the one who knew no sin, so that in Him (Christ), we might become the righteousness of God.”
He further said that many Christians now days fail to admit their stand in Christ, due to the trials and obstacles that come their way. He, therefore, assured them that trials and difficulties are part and parcel of the Christian, and added: “you can not be a Christian and not be faced with obstacles.”
Apostle Samuel Osei Asante, Koforidua Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, and Executive Council Member of the church, then led the congregation in an intensive prayer.
The convention was also, graced with the presence of Oyeman Osinkwetia II, Amanokromhene and Gyaasehene of Akuapem Traditional Council; Nana Kwasi Ntow, Frankaahene of Amanokrom, Elder Nana Otutu Larbi, Asisieso Mawerehene, Nana Osasraaku I, Abriw Akwamu Gyaasehene, Nana Ampem Darkowaa, Dabenhene of Abriw, Nana Ankobea Kwasi Kwapong, Amanokrom, Elder Nana Akyiako II, Otumfuo Apagyahene of Asanteman, and Nana Otopa Boateng III, Otopahene.