President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle has felicitated with Christians in Nigeria and World over on the occasion of the 2018 Christmas celebration.
The CAN president in his message made available to Naija News on Sunday, 23rd December by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to CAN President, said Christians must show love anywhere they live in the World.
The statement further urged them to remember to give to the needy during the yuletide.
The full message reads:
“I, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, on behalf of Christian Association of Nigeria hereby felicitate with Christians all over our country Nigeria and all over the world on this great occasion of the commemoration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
“The Christmas story is associated with the physical manifestation of the love of God to human race because God gave us his Son to redeem us from the original Adamic sin. No wonder his birth was originally announced by the angel with songs of joy and a message of goodwill to all men. Therefore, we at Christian Association of Nigeria congratulate the entire human race for this gift of God which all need to open up their hearts and receive for their redemption.”
“On the other hand we specially congratulate Christians for a renewed hope the anniversary of his birth brought to us. What a privilege to know him as Lord and to know that God dwells with us daily bodily in Jesus of Nazareth.”
“We therefore urge all Christians to show love to all they come across or live with anywhere in the world. This is the true sign that we know the God of love. Showing love should cut across religious and ethnic divides. In Christ Jesus, there is no hatred at all.”
“Not only this, we enjoin you all that as you commemorate this event, we should maintain peace and order and equally give our best to others in the service of the Living God. Let us remember those who do not have food, clothing and other material needs around us and give them something out of the little or much we have. There is nothing too insignificant to spare or too big to give.”
“May this celebration be everlasting for you all and may you never have cause to weep at this season. For those experiencing hard times and discomfort, may the hope His birth brings to the world give you hope beyond what you are passing through in the name of Jesus. May God console and comfort all the bereaved as He heals those who are sick among us in Jesus’ Name.”
“Merry Christmas to you all.”
“God bless Nigeria.”