The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has described the year 2020 as a year of dark moment of the soul.
CAN consoled, “But the grace of his birth is here to wipe off all our fears and troubles, and by Jesus birth, we shall regain a new Hope, our land shall be healed, we shall be called by a new name, glory will fill the land, the truth will flourish like the palm tree and peace like an overflowing river.”
Rev. John Joseph Hayab, in a Christmas message said, “The year 2020 became for the world a year of great challenge with the coming of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In Nigeria and particularly in Kaduna state, the pandemic added more salt to injury as we were already dealing with the challenges of insecurity such as bandits attacks on many of our villages and kidnapping of many innocent people for ransom.”
He noted that the birth of Christ became the end of an age caged in traditions that were though religious, but mostly anti-human, adding that his coming shuck every throne, especially of Kings and rulers who ruled the people without fairness, leaders who lay a heavy burden on the people, exploited them for self gains.
“Leaders who rejected the leadership roles and became rulers and tyrants. It is evident in their efforts to destroy Jesus from birth, but truth never dies, he lived, he gave the blow and he still reigns supreme overall,” he added.
“As Christians, he said, “we are a personification of Christ called to be a threat to falsehood, insincerity and all inhuman deals. At seasons like this, we ought to reflect and see to know how much of Christ-like we were. Beyond the marrying, beyond the drinks and food, this is an opportunity for us to reflect over the past, to ask ourselves as individuals and as a people, how much of a christ-like have I (we) been? Because Christmas comes with the grace of rebirth which only a true atonement can bring.”
As Christians celebrate this season, he reminded them that they should keep in mind that it is a season of sacrifice, celebrating the great sacrifice of Jesus to save humankind.
He pointed out that the season comes with unimaginable graces, it is a season when even the old learn from the young and even the weak carry the strong just as Christ will teach the elders in the temple, just like a baby will be the salvation of the entire world, stressing that it is season that no one has too much to share no too little not to share for his coming was a submission to sacrifice himself for us all.
As the Christians celebrate the Christmas, he called on them to be law-abiding citizens, celebrate the Christmas in love, peace, respecting others and strictly observing government regulations on COVID-19.
He noted that the pandemic is real and is causing havoc in many parts of the world, saying that Kaduna state and country are recording more cases in this second wave.
He enjoined Church leaders to be seen guiding their members right, they should strictly observe all the protocols set up by the government, especially by medical workers, discourage large gatherings and worshippers must wear face masks and observe physical distance during worship services.
The state CAN chairman enjoined leaders at all levels of governance to have a rethink over what the past has been, especially Christian brothers and sisters in government who the Lord granted an opportunity to serve as light and salt to all others in government, shinning the light of truth and giving taste to human existence by good acts.