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Palm Sunday: CAN tasks Christians on genuine repentance, love

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State chapter, has called on faithful to reconcile with God and acknowledge that Christ died for all even while they were still sinners.

The state CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Sunday, as Christians celebrate Palm Sunday.

Akinyemiju said that Christ demonstrated the greatest way of showing God’s love for humanity and urged the faithful to continually reciprocate by loving Christ and their neighbours.

He called on government at all levels to show love to the citizens by listening to them, providing for them and ensuring their security in all parts of the country.

“The life of every citizen must remain sacred because God purchased each one at a great price.

“May the Lord grant us peace and security needed to live our lives to the fullest as Jesus died for us to live,” he said.

He noted that Palm Sunday was the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter when palm branches were placed in the path of Jesus Christ prior to His arrest on Holy Thursday and His crucifixion on Good Friday.

”It marks the final week of Lent. Palm Sunday also referred to as Passion Sunday commemorates the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

“It is an event that took place towards the end of His days on earth before being crucified.

“It is a Sunday to be regarded by Christians as a day to remind us to accept and welcome Jesus into our hearts, just as the worshipers welcomed Him into Jerusalem.

“The activities characterising Palm Sunday dictates that anyone can have his or her lives and fortunes change dramatically overnight,” he said.

NAN reports that Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when Christians celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

In many Churches, Palm Sunday is observed by the blessing and sharing of palm branches symbolising the branches placed in front of Christ.

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