Ndukuba counsels on sacredness of Christ’s body
The Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Henry Ndukuba, has admonished members of the church not to treat the Lord’s table with levity.
Speaking on the theme: “The Costly Love,” to commemorate the Institution of the Holy Communion, last week, the Primate explained that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price, so that man would be delivered from the enemy’s hands and set free from captivity. He told his congregation that Jesus demonstrated the highest form of love and costly love.
Noting that Jesus was not forced to die, the Archbishop said He was prepared to do so, in obedience to the Father. He said: “Genuine and true love seeks the good of the beloved. It is a love that obeys totally and follows completely.”
Quoting from the Scriptures, Ndukuba, who is also the Bishop of Abuja, revealed that Jesus humbled Himself and washed His disciples’ feet, to show them how He expected them to lead His people.
The cleric said the institution of the Lord’s Supper is one of the chief services in the Anglican Church that is often abused. This, he said, is the reason Christians need to be reminded of how to observe and partake in the Holy Eucharist.
He warned against partaking in the Communion, while still living in sin; stating that God is no respecter of persons and would punish anyone who provoked Him to anger.
Ndukuba urged Christians intending to participate in the Communion to flee from sin and other idolatrous practices. He encouraged them to hold on to God, in spite of the pressures all around, so that when they come to God in Communion, it would be a fellowship of Father and child.
While charging believers to always examine themselves before they take the body and blood of Jesus Christ, no matter their position in the Church, the Primate said: “God is shaking the heavens and the earth. He is shaking the Church and the world and anything that is not of Him must be removed. God is bringing about a turn-around. So, let us examine ourselves, so that we will not bring judgment on ourselves.”
He, however, added that God’s mercy is available to anyone who, having examined himself or herself, seeks forgiveness. He lamented the new trend, whereby believers often rejoice at the downfall of others in the body of Christ, as opposed to the time, where what affected one believer affected all believers.
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