Spread the light at Christmas, Anglican Priest encourages Christian faithful
By Our Reporter
Christians have been reminded that the world will be a better place and the kingdom of God assured, if they know the light, spread the light within and outside their reach and live the light.
In a Christmas message tagged, “A GREAT LIGHT HAS DAWNED: A CALL TO EMBRACE THE LIGHT”, drawn from the Bible books of Isaiah chapter 9 verse 2; Hebrew chapter 1 verses 3 and 4, and John chapter 1 verses 4 and 14, Rev’d. Canon Nelson Kelechukwu Amaihe, from the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen’s, Umuahia, Abia State, described the birth of Jesus Christ as the manifestation of the light of God upon the dark world, where sin, strife, envy, war, wickedness and other vices are the order of the day.
Rev’d Canon Amaihe who exposed and expounded the essence of Christmas celebration, stated that, “at Christmas, Jesus came and dwell among us as the light of the world”.
According to him,Christmas offers Christians a new beginning in Christian faith adding that it is expected of them to lead a new life, give the light of God chance to illuminate their lives and the evil world, as they are entrusted to lighten the dark world with life of Righteousness.
His words, “The word of God is to be a lamp to our path and a light to our feet – we are to find our path and direction in the word of God. For Christians to grow to the full stature as men and women in Christ Jesus, we are to allow the word of God to lead and guide us against the evil times.
“We are to fix our eyes on Jesus – He should be the author and finisher of our faith hence the Bible says he is superior than the angel. Jesus is the great LIGHT. He who follows Jesus shall never walk in darkness according to John chapter 8 verse 12. Once we follow Jesus, he will lead us in the path of peace, purity, holiness and safety. We are to follow Him to avoid being led to dangerous path of this world.
“We are to walk in the light while we have the light: From Christmas, the birth of Jesus, we are sanctified to walk as light to the world of darkness – people around us should see our good works and draw closer to Jesus”.
He reminded the congregation that people who walked in darkness are people who treaded in evil, who were far from God, who slipped away from God into mingling with Paganism, Idolatry among other wicked ways.
“They lived in thick darkness, it brooded over the country, they lived and walked amidst it. Walking in darkness is more Perilous than sitting in darkness”, Rev’d Canon Amaihe reminded the church, even as he encouraged them to walk in the light.