SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014

Ven. Ernest Onuoha







‘…In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,’ Jh. 16v33 (b).


IT is an incontestable fact that Jesus has soothing words for every situation in life. He may have known the agony His disciples would face, as a result of His bodily absence from the world. He, therefore, rightly said to them: ‘…be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’.


The world in which we live is full of heartaches and which if not properly understood by the believer, may cause him to derail from his faith. For us in Nigeria and particularly at this time, we pray for God’s quick intervention in so many areas of our national life to avoid the shipwreck of our faith. Yes, we have events that are causing us nightmares already.


Suddenly, a bomb explodes and many lives are shattered, people become emergency widows, widowers and orphans in a twinkle of an eye. Most horrifying at the bomb scenes is the mangled human flesh, occasioned by these senseless bombings and also the attendant damages done to people’s sweat: cars, buildings, shops, etc. Painfully, people’s sources of livelihood are blown off just like that.


It becomes more tragic, the more bomb factories are discovered, the more ferocious and bloodthirsty suicide bombers become. You begin to wonder if there would ever be an end to this destruction being done to human lives and properties. As if it is not enough with the Chibok girls yet to return, more people are still missing on a daily basis. What a horror! Indeed, one is bound to wonder if the end is not at hand.


However, we sympathise with the President of our country, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the security personnel, as these senseless killings, bombings and kidnappings are painting Nigeria black in the eyes of the world. Sincerely at such situation, no one should be proud; whether or not we belong to any political party about what is happening currently. Just think of the number of human lives and properties that are being destroyed without provocation. That is why at this time, we value the man with the right word at every situation of our lives, Jesus, the Saviour of the world, as He says to us: ‘…be of good cheers, I have overcome the world.’


Therefore, Jesus’ message to us and all those we represent is that of hope. He was crucified on the cross of Calvary and He bore the physical pain. But He was to shame the devil and his cohorts, when He rose again, thereby making a public disgrace of the dark forces of this world. People of God, deep down in my heart, I have a strong persuasion within me that very soon, we will overcome this present quagmire and imbroglio. His words are ever sure, let us, therefore, trust and commend our lives to Him.

Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Delta State.


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