Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Dr Yakubu Pam, has urged Christians to emulate the virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ as we celebrate this year’s Christmas.
The NCPC boss stated this in Abuja in his Christmas message to all Christians in Nigeria and the world over contained in a statement by the Commission’s
Deputy Director/ Head Media and Public Relations, Celestine Toruka.
Rev Pam affirmed that it is important for Christians to emulate the virtues of our Lord and saviour who was born to fulfil the purpose and promises of God for mankind.
He said that Christ’s birth was God’s gift of love to mankind, which marked a new beginning of hope and salvation for the believers.
Rev Pam further affirmed that Christ is an epitome of love, unity and oneness and as such believers are enjoined to identify with these virtues as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
He called on Christians to embrace love and humility, which Christ represents as we celebrate this year’s Yuletide.
He averred that in this season, Christians are advised to be compassionate, selfless and charitable in all their dealings with their fellow man.
Rev Pam further urged Christians to maintain peace throughout this season and beyond and eschew bitterness.
He maintained that this year’s Christmas celebration is very unique for Nigerians as it is coming barely few months before the 2023 general elections.
To this effect, he admonished Christians to ensure they pray fervently during this season for God’s intervention in our electioneering process and for peaceful polls across the nation next year.
According to him, “Our prayer as a people at this time when the nation is preparing for its general elections is significant. It will go a long way to ensure smooth conduct of the 2023 general election”.
He called on church leaders to unite against divisions and de-emphasise on denominationalism.
Rev Pam cashed in on the opportunity of the Christmas to advise pilgrims already in the Holy land for the 2022 December pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan and all the intending pilgrims for subsequent batches to pray for unity in the Church and for smooth transition of power on 29th May, 2023.
The NCPC boss reaffirmed the Commitment of the Commission to making pilgrimage more spiritual centred and participatory in the coming year .
He assured that pilgrimage will continue to be used as a tool for spiritual rejuvenation and moral transformation.
Rev Pam congratulated all Christians on this special occasion of Christmas, urging them to be calm, peaceful and joyous as we commemorate the birth of the universal King .