Sunday, February 5, 2023

Resurrection celebrated in Nagaland

Correspondent/Staff Reporter

Along with the rest of the Christians across the world, Christians in Nagaland celebrated Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, with religious fervour and piety. Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
In Kohima, the day began with Sunrise Service as in previous years despite torrential downpour at Kohima War Cemetery under the aegis of Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (KBPF), besides special mass in churches.
Bringing the message of Easter, senior pastor of Kohima Ao Baptist Church Rev Sentisashi Aier said the resurrection of Jesus brought joy into human minds. “Our mornings have been turned into joy through the resurrected Lord which ultimately grows into something which cannot be hindered by pain or suffering,” he remarked.
Acknowledging that everyone’s short stay on Earth was often marred by hardships and sorrow, he said the joy felt due to resurrection of Jesus lessened human sorrows, Aier proclaimed, adding that resurrection had given Christians a permanent joy despite facing insecurities in life.
Aier explained, “Because of sin, man was condemned to death. But this was reverted when Christ defeated death. Resurrection and the empty tomb were proofs that a believer would live in eternal peace.”
The service was led by Kohima Lotha Baptist Church pastor Mhonchumo S Lotha, while Kohima Town Baptist Women’s Union vice-president Sally Ngullie pronounced the invocation. Scripture passages were read by Kohima Baptist Youth Fellowship president Dziesekho Kense and Police Baptist Church youth director Kivitoly Yeptho.
KBPF president Rev Vezopa Rhakho conveyed Easter greetings, while Peraciezie Baptist Church pastor Dr Kevichalie Metha led the congregation into an intercessory prayer.
Ministers’ Hill Baptist Church and Tangkhul Baptist Church choirs presented special numbers and benediction was offered by Khedi Baptist Church pastor Dr Ruokuovilie Sachü.

DIMAPUR: Meanwhile, organised by Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD), Dimapur Watsu Telongjem (DWT) and Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo (DABA), the Sunrise Service at Old Naga Cemetery in Dimapur was attended by hundreds of believers.
Word of God was shared by Nagaland Baptist Pastors’ Union (NBPU) president Imnatoshi Longkumer as speaker wherein he elaborated from the book of Mathew 28: 1-10. He invited everyone to experience the Easter morning and feel the joy that came with it.
He proclaimed that God wanted “us” to celebrate Easter in humility, come to God in repentance and make humble confession acknowledging the absolute need for Jesus.
Urging the gathering not to fear, he exhorted them go and tell the world that Jesus had conquered death, adding that He was crucified for the sins of the world and the grave could not hold Him.
He appealed, “Fear not my Christian brothers and sisters. People want to listen that we will rise up from our rest and live eternally with Jesus our Lord, our God.”
The welcome address was delivered by ASTD president Meren Nokpu, who extended Easter greetings to all. He thanked Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) for renovating and maintaining the old Naga Cemetery at Lake View Colony. He also thanked the Lake View Colony residents for extending their full cooperation and support.
Nokpu lamented that in the months before ASTD took over the beautification of the cemetery, it was used as night club, as learnt from the Colony Union. He said not a single incident of flowers, wreaths, etc, being stolen was reported from the cemetery in the past few weeks because of the cooperation of the area council.
Easter greetings was also delivered by Dimapur Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (DBPF) president reverend Vitoshe Swu. In his speech, he thanked ASTD, DWT and DABA for taking up the noble job of bringing together the society as one to celebrate Easter.
Terming the Aos as pioneers in religion and education, he encouraged them to continue to thank the Lord for His grace and mercy. On the beautification of the cemetery, he said DBPF had been cleaning the area twice a year. He was hopeful that the initiative of ASTD to renovate the area would be a success.
The service was chaired by R Asenla Jamir, praise and worship was led by DABA Ola special songs was presented by Moasenla, DABA Ola and Make Music Sing (MMS) and scripture and prayer was presided over by reverend I Wati. The service concluded with a mass prayer.

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