Easter is a victory celebration. Jesus Christ did not remain dead; He resurrected. What a change; from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, from death to life. On this Easter day, Sunday, April 9, 2023; members from the Accra East and West Districts gathered at the Accra Central Church to hear the Resurrected One proclaimed by His Apostle.
The Lead Apostle, Benjamin Ohene-Saffo, led this festive divine service with a text word from, John 14:18-19, "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Indwelling of the Father and the Son. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also".
Also, a special bible passage from Luke 24:1-12 was read by Sister Amanda Mensah.
“Today is Easter! And we remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Brethren, if the benefit of His resurrection is simply about prophecies and miracles, then His victory will be in vain, and our lives would be full of misery on this earth. Every time we celebrate Easter, it is for a specific reason, which is, to gain freedom for our souls, not for our earthly lives”, began the Lead Apostle in his opening remarks.
Reviewing the biblical account of man in the Garden of Eden, the Lead Apostle said: “A curse in the form of death, pronounced by God, befell man after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. Meaning, the moment man went after his fleshly desires, he lost everything and eternal destruction awaited him.
The Southern Ghana Leader continued: “Brethren, God the Creator of the heavens and earth still loved those He had created; man. And this love for man, prevented his soul from perishing. The curse had to be reversed and the only way was to send and sacrifice His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ”. To further explain his point, the Lead Apostle cited an African belief practice: “In Africa, the ritual of animal sacrifices is practised before local deities to curb family curses. Similarly, Jesus Christ did same on our behalf for our sins.”
“Christ conveyed these words, ‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you…’ to His disciples. And after His crucifixion, and resurrection, He returned to His own and reassured them. This is why we remain steadfast, and our strength which is shown inwardly, and not outwardly, enables our souls to rise again after a fall.”
Concluding the sermon, Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo said: “The Apostles’ doctrine is unfortunately no longer shared by the world. However, those who believe in it are part of the salvation promised by Jesus Christ. My daughter once asked me ‘Why do we celebrate Holy Communion anytime we meet at the Lord's house and not once a year?’ I replied, ‘the Lord Jesus made us understand we must celebrate Holy Communion as often as we meet in remembrance of Him’. Therefore, celebrating the Lord always is essential as we have a covenant of resurrection with Him. His resurrection is the foundation for our belief that we too shall be resurrected on the Last day.”
The Lead Apostle was supported by Apostle Asare, District Rector Owusu-Ansah, Deputy District Rector Hammond and Priest Adzavon.