By Emma Onumah
The Acting Rector of the Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, Abia Sate, Venerable Paul Nwozuzu, has charged Christians, to keep faith and hope in God alive, in order to be part of the Resurrection Event, soon to come.
Ven. Nwozuzu, who is also the Archdeacon of the Aladinma Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, gave this charge while preaching at the funeral service in honour of Sir Clifford Iwuchukwu, a former Knight of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, at St. Peter’s (Ang.) Church, Alaenyi Ogwa.
The Acting Rector, who drew his text from John 11:23, and captioned his homily: “YOUR BROTHER WILL RISE AGAIN”, noted that the testimony of Lazarus, that was raised from death, would be the experience of all who worship God in truth and spirit at the due time, and stressed the need for all, not only to be light, but also to be hopeful of the second coming of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
According to the Cleric, who is also from Alaenyi Ogwa: “The Master and Teacher is here”, and for which he asked: “where are you and what do you do”? He warned that one day, you will die to rise again for condemnation or commendation by the Master who, he disclosed, is able to change your circumstances and situations .now and every other time.
Speaking briefly to members of the family of Late Sir Clifford Iwuchukwu, the Aladinma Parish Vicar observed that when death occurs, there appears to be confusion and some kind of re-alignments and surprises, that make a bereaved family bemoan her loss, but quickly reassured them of the ever presence of Jesus Christ, the Master and Teacher, as was the case when Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha died and was buried. “A Teacher is necessary in a situation of hopelessness and bereavement”, he counseled.
In a brief remark, the President of the Owerri. Council of Knights of St. Christopher, Sir Gab Oduah, on behalf of the Council, expressed hearty condolences to Lady Chinyere Iwuchukwu, wife of the departed Knight and her children, as well as their relations, friends and colleagues from the Federal Polytechnic Bida, praying for their safe journey as they return to their respective destinations.